Nevada Ag Director Goicoechea to kick off Western Conference, moderate panel on state depts of ag

The panel features top legal counsel to ag departments from Montana, Arizona, and California.

Press release from University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Drew Viguet

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Fast facts:

  • First session at Western Conference focuses on state ag departments
  • Panel moderated by Nevada Dept of Agriculture Director Goicoechea

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Every state has an agriculture department, and understanding those departments’ roles as a resource for farmers on regulatory and other issues is something Cort Jensen wants to make very clear.

Jensen, chief attorney for the Montana Department of Agriculture, will be one of the opening session speakers for the 2nd Annual Western Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference, which will be held June 13-14 at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The conference focuses on legal issues impacting the ag industry in Western states, and is designed for attorneys, students and other ag professionals. A livestream option is also available. Conference registration and agenda is online.

Jensen said his goal for the session, “State Ag Departments & the Regulation of Agriculture and the Environment,” is for attendees to come away with solid advice and understanding on how to interact with state departments of agriculture.

“It’s important that attendees understand how to go about these interactions,” he said. “Whether the interaction be a routine ‘right to know’ request, a livestock issue, or something else novel on the cutting edge of agriculture.”

J.J. Goicoechea, DVM, director of the Nevada Department of Agriculture, will welcome attendees and moderate the opening session. Joining Jensen are Haig Baghdassarian, deputy secretary and chief counsel for the California Department of Food and Agriculture and Deanie Reh, assistant attorney general for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Full press release available here.