Agricultural & Food Law Consortium

The Agricultural & Food Law Consortium is a national, multi-institutional collaboration designed to enhance and expand the development and delivery of authoritative, timely, and objective agricultural and food law research and information.  This information is available to the nation’s vast agricultural community of producers, attorneys, state and federal policymakers, Cooperative Extension Service professionals, and others at the local, state, regional, and national levels.  Agricultural law and food law includes law related to land-based food, fiber, and energy production systems, as well as seafood and marine-based aquaculture.

Consortium Members:


The National Agricultural Law Center, the lead institution in the consortium, is the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information.  Headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Sea grant

National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law (NSGLC).  Led by Stephanie Showalter Otts, the NSGLC provides research, education, and outreach to the Sea Grant College Program, policymakers, practitioners, laypersons, and others throughout the nation on ocean and coastal law and policy.


Center for Agricultural and Shale Law (CASL) at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Led by Ross Pifer, it is a collaborative program that provides high-quality agricultural, food and shale law educational programs, information and materials to stakeholders in Pennsylvania that are often of regional and national significance.


Agricultural & Resource Law Program at The Ohio State University.  Led by Peggy Kirk Hall, the Extension-based program provides comprehensive agricultural and food law resources to stakeholders in Ohio that often have regional and national significance.


Current & Upcoming Projects:

Collaborative Funding Opportunity: Call for Letters of Interest

The Agricultural & Food Law Consortium is seeking formal collaboration with individuals, organizations, and institutions to conduct research and outreach activities that support the delivery of objective agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.  The deadline for pre-proposals is February 12, 2016.  Click here to learn more about funding availability, the application process and timelines and other related information.

Webinar Series

As part of its mission, the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium is hosting a series of webinars on timely and important agricultural and food law topics.  These webinars are freely available to the general public and are typically designed to be appropriate for non-attorneys as well as attorneys. For a listing of upcoming webinars, as well as access to past webinars that have been archived, please click here.

Third Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

April 22, 2016
Memphis, TN
8:00-4:00 (CDT)

Agriculture in the Mid-South is uniquely impacted by changes and developments in state, federal, and international laws and policies.  This program is part of a long-term effort to provide relevant and timely agricultural and environmental legal research and information to attorneys, lenders, accountants, tax consultants, students and other agricultural professionals involved in the agriculture and aquaculture industries in the southern U.S.   The goal is to provide resources in the form of presentations and content, as well as to foster dialogue about the range of agricultural, food, and aquaculture issues for the Mid-South agricultural community.  The program has been submitted for continuing legal education credit in Arkansas, Mississippi & Tennessee.  For more information on the conference, including the welcome reception that will be held on April 21st, please click here.

Ongoing Projects

The Consortium also provides leadership for the eXtension Agricultural and Food Law Community of Practice.  Individuals interested in participating in the Community of Practice should contact Rusty Rumley at

Links to Consortium work product, upcoming educational programs, and other activities will be posted to this page on an ongoing basis.  Be sure to check this page periodically for updates.