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 GMO labeling laws. He served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of General Counsel, and has advised military personnel and commands in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Great Britain, and Germany while on active duty with the U.S. Army JAG Corps at the Netherlands Law Center.  Among other publications, Ross has written an article on GMO labeling to be published in the Penn State Law Review.  Ross earned an LL.M. from the University of Arkansas School of Law Agricultural & Food Law Program, and is an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association.  Ross is a member of the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium, a four university partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library, that is designed to enhance and expand the delivery of objective agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s vast agricultural community.  In addition, the Consortium constitutes the management team for the Agricultural & Food Law Community of Practice.