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Sept. 14, 2018

Pittman to present ‘Recent and Emerging Issues in Ag and Food Law’

By the U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts:

  • Harrison Pittman is director of the National Agricultural Law Center
  • Will present overview of new and emerging legal issues for agriculture
  • Presentation will be Sept. 17 at Division of Agriculture Food Science Building

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center, will present “Recent & Emerging Issues in Ag & Food Law: Overview for Arkansas Ag & Food Industries” Monday, Sept. 17.

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AGRICULTURAL LAW -- Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center (Division of Agriculture photo by Fred Miller) Credit mandatory.

Pittman’s presentation will be at 3 p.m. in Room D-2 of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Food Science Building. The building is located on the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 2 miles north of the mail campus at 2650 N. Young Ave.

Arkansas is a national leader in the agricultural economy, ranking in the top 25 in the production of at least 15 commodities, according to “Arkansas Agriculture Profile,” a Division of Agriculture publication, available online: https://division.uaex.edu/docs/2017%20AR%20Ag%20profile.pdf

Arkansas is also home to the largest food retailer and some of the largest food processors in the nation. Changes in laws and policies impacting agriculture are very significant to agricultural industry in Arkansas as well as the overall state economy.

Pittman’s presentation will discuss several recent and emerging issues at the state, federal, and international levels that have an impact on Arkansas agriculture.

Pittman serves as director of the National Agricultural Law Center, headquartered at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture: http://nationalaglawcenter.org

The National Agricultural Law Center is the only institution of its kind in the nation, and serves as the nation's leading source of objective agricultural and food law research and information.

Pittman received his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, after attending Mississippi State University and graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He then earned an LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law's Graduate Program in Agricultural Law. He has been with the Center in various capacities since 2001.

Pittman has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law as part of the Ben J. Altheimer Distinguished Professorship for Agricultural Law, and has also served as a visiting professor at the Drake University Law School. In addition, he has taught Environmental and Natural Resources Lawand Introduction to Agricultural Law in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. In that role, he was awarded the 2011-2012 Agricultural Business Club Teaching Award.

He is an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA), and in 2010 became the inaugural recipient of the AALA's Excellence in Agricultural Law award.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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