Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center

Rusty Rumley was born and raised on a family farm in Cogar, Oklahoma. He graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma State University in 2004 with a B.S. in AgriBusiness and in 2007 earned his juris doctor from the University of Oklahoma. While attending the University of Oklahoma he was a member of the American Indian Law Review and worked part-time for Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation.  After law school, Rusty earned his LL.M in Agricultural Law at the University of …

Stephanie Showalter Otts, Director, National Sea Grant Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law

Stephanie Showalter Otts is the Director of the National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Stephanie received a B.A. in History from Penn State University and a joint J.D./Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Mississippi. As Director, Stephanie oversees a variety of legal education, research, and outreach activities, including providing legal research services

Ross Pifer, Director, Center for Agricultural & Shale Law, Penn State Law

Ross Pifer is a Clinical Law Professor at Penn State Law where he teaches agricultural law and serves as Director of the Center for Agricultural & Shale Law.  Ross has presented widely throughout Pennsylvania, as well as nationally and internationally, on shale gas and agricultural law topics to audiences comprised of judges, attorneys, legislators, government officials, landowners, and the general public. His research interests are shale gas development and the interface between agricultural and residential development as well as …

Peggy Kirk Hall, Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program, The Ohio State University

Peggy Kirk Hall is an assistant professor and field specialist in agricultural and resource law.   Hall is a graduate of The Ohio State University (B.S., M.S., Natural Resource Policy) and the University of Wyoming College of Law (J.D.), where she served on the Land & Water Law Review.  She is a Past President and Board Member of the American Agricultural Law Association; Past Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Agricultural Law Committee and served as an Advisory Board Member …

Harrison Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center

Harrison Pittman serves as Director of the National Agricultural Law Center, the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information.  The National Agricultural Law Center is the lead institution for the eXtension Ag & Food Law CoP.  The Center also leads the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium, a four-university partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library, designed to enhance and expand the delivery of objective and agricultural and food law research and information …

What Should Be Included in A Community Supported Agriculture Agreement?

In a typical community supported agriculture (CSA), members pledge to help cover the anticipated costs of the farm’s production for part or all of the growing season. In return, the members receive a portion of the farm’s crops over the period of time specified in the CSA membership agreement, usually summer through early fall. The CSA model allows farmers to get needed capital at the start of the growing season while providing members with fresh locally produced fruits, herbs, meats,

Food Safety Modernization Act-Produce & Preventive Rule Webinar

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)  is the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years. The purpose of the law is to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to proactively preventing it. The law affects both the producers and processors of food.  Legal specialists Sarah Everhart and Ashley Newhall of the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) will cover the Produce & Preventive Rule portions of …

Recording of Webinar on Legal Developments in Animal Agriculture

2015 has seen interesting development in legal issues related to livestock production.  In January 2015, a federal district judge ruled that manure (stored or applied to a field) could become a solid waste under federal environmental laws.  At the same time, a consortium of environmental and animal welfare groups filed a lawsuit against the EPA for failure to act on their petition to regulate ammonia gas releases from animal feeding operations.  The law as it relates to these operations is …

Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist, University of Maryland

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Paul Goeringer specializes in legal risk management as it relates to agriculture. Prior to coming to the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Paul worked at the University of Arkansas where his legal research was focused in the areas of environmental compliance, right-to-farm laws, agricultural leasing laws, contracting issues, federal farm program compliance, recreational use and agritourism issues, and estate planning issues in agriculture. Through this research Paul developed educational materials to better help Arkansas’s agricultural producers understand and manage …

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems in Agriculture: Preparing for Legal Issues

 

 

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Update:  On June 23, the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium hosted the webinar described below.  A recording of the same presentation delivered on June 30 is archived on the National Agricultural Law Center website here.

This webinar will address the current legal and future status of Unmanned Aerial Systems/Vehicles (UAVs) operation in the United States. Issues to be discussed include the current rules and conditions for operating UAVs, proposed regulations for small commercial …