“The decision to create the Center, now more than twenty years ago, was certainly the right decision. As agriculture has evolved over the last quarter century, legal issues have gotten bigger and their impact has gotten broader. . . . Your work can bring predictability and equity in every day dealings in unchartered areas where agriculture is moving.”

– Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns (speaking at the National Agricultural Law Center, April 2007) 


In 1987, Congress called for the creation of the National Center for Agricultural Law Research and Information. Since then, the National Agricultural Law Center has received funding from federal appropriations through the National Agricultural Library, an entity within the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The National Agricultural Law Center is the only agricultural law research and information facility that is independent, national in scope, and directly connected to the national agricultural information network. As a result of the expanding scope of agricultural law and its convergence with related areas, the Center also includes food law in the scope of its coverage.


Recognizing the importance of the Cooperative Extension Service, the Center is also proud to serve as the lead institution for the eXtension Agricultural and Food Law Community of Practice.  More information about the Community of Practice is available here.


Photographs on the site are used with permission from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.



The Center’s Mission:

The Nation’s Leading Source for Agricultural and Food Law Research and Information

The National Agricultural Law Center participates in the Agricultural Network Information Center (AgNIC).

This site is reviewed for accuracy and updated every six months.