Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a partnership with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and the National Agricultural Law Center to host the Agriculture Technology & the Law Summit: Advancing American Agriculture.


Th event will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 15-16, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and sessions start at 8 a.m.


The educational event will feature public and private legal experts and agriculture industry representatives to address unique legal and policy questions, according to a news release.


“The agriculture community has a done a great job of adapting with rapidly advancing technology to meet growing consumer demands,” Rutledge said. “But as farmers and ranchers have safely and successfully advanced productivity, the regulatory and judicial processes have sometimes thwarted and often stalled the development of new avenues for food production.”


“As the co-chair of the NAAG Agriculture Committee, gathering industry leaders and legal experts is an important step towards a better understanding for agriculture policy, which is the backbone of this country,” she said.


Forums will include discussions with Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward on topics such as big data, unmanned vehicles, biotechnology, global theft on intellectual properties, pesticide regulation and rural broadband.


Summit attendees have been approved to receive 12 hours of general Continuing Legal Education credit including 2 hours of Ethic/Professional Education credit in Arkansas.


For details or to register for the Agriculture Technology & the Law Summit, visit http://nationalaglawcenter.org/agtechcle/