From inspections to transportation, concerns over a safe and continuous food supply have caused numerous federal agencies to implement regulatory changes in agricultural production, according to a news release from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Federal agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and others have implemented changes in inspections, worker safety and enforcement of regulations related to transporting food in order to keep grocery stores and retailers supplied.

John Dillard, a principal attorney at OFW Law in Washington, D.C., will discuss these changes and their impact on the food and agriculture sector, as well as guidance from federal agencies, in a free webinar hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center, April 22 at 11 a.m.

“While much of the economy is shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, the food and agriculture sector is critical infrastructure that must continue to operate,” Dillard said. “These unprecedented circumstances have required federal regulatory agencies to make numerous changes to ensure an adequate supply of safe food.”

The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information.

“John is a nationally recognized agricultural law expert with a tremendous background in dealing with federal agencies,” Harrison Pittman, director of the NALC, said. “We’re very lucky to have him join us and help stakeholders navigate the various regulatory changes caused by COVID-19.”

The NALC is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library. Details: or follow @Nataglaw on Twitter.

Register for the webinar online at: Those who require a reasonable accommodation to participate in the webinar or need materials in another format, should call 479-575-4607 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.