The 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Agricultural Law Association will be held October 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The conference will focus on a range of agricultural law issues including environmental law, tax law, food law, animal agriculture, agritourism liability issues.  To view the conference brochure, click here.

Another area of focus will be the status and future implementation of the Farm Bill, in the session titled The Farm Bill in 2012:  Looking Forward by Looking Back?  Currently, most provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill are set to expire on September 30, 2012.  Congress returns from its August recess in September and it remains to be seen what action Congress might take on Farm Bill reauthorization.  The farm bill panel discussion will feature:

  • Charles Fluharty, Rural Policy Research Institute;
  • Bart Fischer, U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee; and
  • Anne Hazlett, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

In addition, David P. Grahn, USDA Office of General Counsel; International Affairs, Food Assistance and FArm and Rural Programs Division will provide a historical picture of the farm bill, discuss emerging trends from the 2008 Farm Bill, and how those trends connect to the 2012 Farm Bill proposals.

If you are an agricultural professional interested in learning more about the Farm Bill and many other agricultural law issues, join AALA and the AALA Annual Conference from October 18-20.