Professional Staff - National Agricultural Law Center

Professional Staff

Center Director
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Harrison M. Pittman, B.S., J.D., LL.M.

Harrison received his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, after attending Mississippi State University and graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He then earned an LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law’s Graduate Program in Agricultural Law. Harrison has worked at the Center since 2001.  During that time, his title and job duties have spanned the range of graduate assistant, staff attorney, co-director, interim director and currently, director; in which capacity he has served since 2007.

He has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law as part of the Ben J. Altheimer Distinguished Professorship for Agricultural Law, and has also served as a visiting professor at the Drake University Law School.  In addition, he has taught Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Introduction to Agricultural Law in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.  In that role, he was awarded the 2011-2012 Agricultural Business Club Teaching Award.

He is an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA), the nation’s only professional organization focused on the legal needs of the agricultural community, and was the first recipient of the AALA’s Excellence in Agricultural Law award in 2010.  Additionally, he is an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association, where he helped found the Agricultural Law Section, later served as interim chair and chair, and currently serves as vice-chair.  He is a frequent presenter on a range of topics and issues, including the farm bill, water law, and environmental law. He has authored articles on numerous subjects, including the National Organic Program, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, the constitutionality of corporate farming laws, pesticide regulation and litigation, agritourism, states’ recreational use statutes, the Packers and Stockyards Act, agricultural bankruptcy issues, and environmental laws impacting agriculture.

Senior Staff Attorney
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Elizabeth Rumley, B.A., J.D., LL.M.

Beth was raised on a small family farm in Ida, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University, where she was an active competitor, president, and captain of the Mock Trial team that participated in competitions across the Midwest. She also interned in the chambers of Magistrate Judge Virginia M. Morgan, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. After graduating from MSU in 2004, Beth returned home and commuted to law school at the University of Toledo, where she graduated cum laude in May of 2007. While in law school, she volunteered as a coach of the Ida High School Mock Trial Team and continued to assist with the MSU team. In addition, she interned at the Michigan prosecutor’s offices of Monroe and Lenawee counties, with the United States Attorney’s Office in Toledo, and for the Honorable David A. Katz of the Northern District of Ohio. From 2005-2008, she was also employed by the Toledo law firm of Cosme, D’Angelo and Szollosi.  She is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Ohio and Oklahoma.

At the Center, her primary research and scholarship focus is on legal issues in animal agriculture, and she frequently lectures on those issues and others to audiences nationwide.  Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member in the  University of Arkansas’ Center of  Excellence for Poultry Science, Animal  Science Department,  and the Agricultural  Economics and Agribusiness Department.  Further, Mrs. Rumley works closely with and is on the advisory board of the University  of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Center for Food Animal Well-Being.

She has co-taught a course titled “Animals and Agricultural Production, Law and Policy”  several times at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and most recently at the University of Nebraska College of Law, has developed and teaches a course on legal issues in animal agriculture through the Dale Bumpers College of  Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, and teaches a course on agriculture and the environment, also through the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

Senior Staff Attorney
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Rusty W. Rumley, B.S., J.D., LL.M.

Rusty 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 Arkansas.  He is licensed to practice law in the states of Oklahoma and Michigan.

Rusty has published law review articles discussing the future application of special use valuation for inherited farmland, “right to farm” statutes, and the enforcement of animal cruelty statutes by private organizations. He has also written on landowner liability, agritourism, food labeling, local food production, business organizations, crop insurance, estate planning, leasing, and other land use topics in his work at the Center. Further, Rusty presents around the country to producer, consumer, extension, industry and legal groups on an array of topics.

Additionally, he has  co-taught a course titled “Animals and Agricultural Production, Law and Policy”  several times at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and most recently at the University of Nebraska College of Law and teaches an introduction to agricultural law course through the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas.  He is also an adjunct faculty member in the  University of Arkansas’ Animal  Science Department  and the Agricultural  Economics and Agribusiness Department.

His primary areas of interest are in estate planning, taxation, business organizations, landowner liability, leasing and agritourism.

Staff Attorney
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Brigit Rollins, B.A., J.D.

Brigit began her life in Sonoma County, in the heart of California’s wine country. Growing up, she was surrounded by small farms, dairies, and wineries, which ultimately led to a passion for agriculture and the environment. She attended Sonoma State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies, and a minor in studio arts. While at Sonoma State, Brigit studied different types of agricultural methods and how those methods could be used to promote environmental sustainability. After graduating from Sonoma State in 2015, she started as a law student at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. While at Lewis & Clark, she worked as a student clerk for the Western Resources Legal Center, where she worked on cases assisting small ranches, farms, and municipalities. During her time at Lewis & Clark, she also interned with the California Farm Bureau Federation, and worked as a law clerk for the Sacramento-based environmental law firm Somach Simmons & Dunn. While at the California Farm Bureau, Brigit focused on Environmental Species Act issues and water law issues, as well as issues specific to California. While at Somach Simmons & Dunn, Brigit expanded her work on water law and participated in work involving federal Indian law. On campus, Brigit was on the board of Lewis & Clark’s Food & Ag Law Society and served as a student member of the ABA Public Lands Committee.  She is licensed to practice law in Oregon.

Brigit began her work at the Center as a research fellow during her second year of law school. As a research fellow, Brigit worked on a wide variety of agricultural law topics ranging from liability issues to the new frontier of lab-grown meat. In 2019, Brigit graduated from Lewis & Clark and joined the Center full-time. At the Center, her primary area of research and scholarship is environmental law as it intersects with agriculture. She maintains an interest in promoting sustainability and environmental health through agriculture and resource use.

Staff Attorney
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Micah Brown, B.A., J.D.

Micah was born and raised in Benton, Arkansas. Growing up, his family owned a small farm which led to his interest in cattle production. He attended the University of Central Arkansas where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. After graduating from UCA in 2016, he enrolled in law school and graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law. While in law school, Micah worked as a law clerk for the Office of the Arkansas Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division. During his time clerking for the Attorney General, he worked on various agricultural, environmental, and public utility law issues.

During his second year of law school, he began working at the Center as a research fellow. As a research fellow, Micah primarily worked on tracking and analyzing agricultural and environmental federal litigation. After graduating law school in May of 2020, he joined the Center full-time. At the Center, his primary areas of research are finance and credit, commercial transactions, and secured transactions. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Arkansas.

Staff Attorney
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Jana Caracciolo, B.S., J.D.

Jana grew up on a small honey tangerine farm in Clermont, Florida which spurred her interest and fascination in the workings of the food system. Prior to attending college full time, Jana served as the 2014-2015 Area III State Vice President for the Florida FFA Association. In 2018, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida with a B.S. degree in Food and Resource Economics. While attending the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida for law school, Jana was a member of the Florida Moot Court Team, served as a co-chair of the 26 Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference, participated in the National Food Law Student Network, and was a research assistant for Professor Michael Olexa at the UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law. In addition, she interned for the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic as well as the Marketing, Regulatory, and Food Safety Programs Division of the United States Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel.

Jana graduated from law school in 2021, and began her work at the Center shortly afterwards. At the Center, Jana primarily focuses her research and scholarship on food labeling and food safety related issues.

Staff Attorney
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Samantha Mikolajczyk B.S., J.D.

Samantha was born and raised in Poteet, Texas. Growing up on a strawberry farm in rural South Texas, she was heavily involved in agriculture from a young age. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M in 2017 with a B.S. in University Studies-Leadership and minors in English and Bioenvironmental Science. After receiving her undergraduate degree Samantha started as a law student at Texas A&M Law School. While at Texas A&M Law, she worked as a policy intern for Texas Governor Greg Abbott and she worked at Vermont Law Schools Center for Agriculture and Food Systems as a Research Fellow focusing primarily on agrarian common and federal fishery regulations. Samantha was also on the board of Texas A&M’s Agricultural Law Society and earned a water law concentration from Texas A&M Law.

During her second year of law school Samantha began working at the Center as a research fellow. As a research fellow Samantha worked on a wide variety of agricultural law topics. After graduating law school in May of 2021, she joined the Center full time.

Website Editor

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Ramie Parsons B.S.

Ramie spent most of her childhood in Western Arkansas, where she graduated from Waldron High School.  While there, she participated in journalism and also worked during the summer for the Waldron News.  After attending the University of Arkansas, she earned her B.S. in Human Environmental Sciences, part of the Dale Bumpers College of  Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences.  Her concentration was in Childhood Development from Birth to Three Years, and she put those skills to use during the several years she spent working with both typically developing and special needs children, providing care and teaching developmentally appropriate practices.  Since then, she has turned her focus to part-time website editing at the National Agricultural Law Center.  Additionally, she operates her own business as a medical billing and coding specialist for mental health professionals in private practice.

Research Fellow

Kate Langworthy, B.S.

Kate attends Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS, where she expects to graduate in May 2022. Growing up on a fifth-generation farm where her family raised Percheron draft horses and row crops, she has been involved in agriculture her entire life. Before law school, Kate graduated magna cum laude from Newman University with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, which incorporated courses in animal science from Kansas State University. While in law school, she has been involved in Agricultural Law Society and a number of national agriculture organizations and served as a legal intern with Kansas Department of Agriculture. After graduation, Kate hopes to pursue a career in agricultural law and to continue her mission to be a bridge between the various facets of the agriculture industry.

Research Fellow

Zach Ishee, B.S., M.S.

Zach attends the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he expects to graduate in May of 2023. Prior to law school, he graduated from Mississippi State University with both his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics. During his master’s degree, his research focused on the accuracy of payments to producers from the USDA’s ARC-CO program. During the summer of 2017, Zach interned with Frontier Futures at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange working with their trading group. The following summer, Zach interned in the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in Washington D.C. as the Division of Market Oversight’s product review intern. Following graduation, Zach plans to practice business law with an emphasis on the agriculture sector.

Research Fellow

Madelene Shehan, B.S., B.A., M.S.

Madelene attends Creighton University School of Law, where she expects to graduate in May 2023. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a M.S. in Biology, and summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. For her master’s dissertation, Madelene researched ground squirrel behavior in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Following her master’s degree, she worked as an adjunct biology instructor and assisted in a study focused on microbiomes and sustainable agriculture on an organic farm. After law school, Madelene intends to use her education to pursue a career in environmental advocacy, incorporating aspects of sustainability, agricultural law, energy law, and federal Indian/tribal law.

Research Fellow

Maggie Pipkin, B.S.

Maggie attends Texas Tech School of Law where she expects to graduate in May 2023. Maggie is a fifth-generation agriculturist on both sides of her family. She grew up in the Texas Panhandle on a farm and ranch where she actively participated in 4-H and FFA. She then attended Texas Tech University where she graduated summa cum laude from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with a B.S. in Agricultural Communications with minors in agribusiness management, political science, and a certificate in leadership. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree Maggie was active in various organizations including M.I.L.E., Ag Ambassadors, and Chancellors Ambassadors. While at Texas Tech Law Maggie is on the Tech Agricultural Law executive committee and is also involved in the Tech Energy Law Interest Group as well as the Organization of Women Law Students. After graduation, she hopes to be able to further pursue a career in agricultural law and serve as an advocate to the industry.

 

Research Fellow

Marissa Tuggle, B.A.

Marissa attends the University of Arkansas School of Law where she expects to graduate in May 2023. Marissa was born in raised in Plano, Texas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Political Science. While pursuing her degree, Marissa worked on local political campaigns and volunteered for the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. Through these experiences she developed an interest in environmental law, climate change, and sustainability. After graduation, Marissa hopes to pursue a career in environmental law and to serve as an advocate for sustainability.

Research Fellow

Sharon Blevins B.A.

Sharon attends William and Mary Law School where she expects to graduate in May of 2023. She graduated cum laude with her B.A. in Global Affairs, concentrating on global governance and minoring in Spanish, from George Mason University in December of 2019. Sharon was born and raised in rural Virginia, where she worked on cattle, alpaca, and horse farms throughout her adolescence. She continues to pursue her interests in agriculture and law by serving as a member on the executive board of the Agricultural Law Society at William and Mary Law School. Following law school, Sharon plans to serve as a JAG Officer in the Air Force where she hopes to develop her skills and knowledge in varying areas of law while serving her country.

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Research Fellow

Carla Notte B.A., M.A.

Carla is a law student at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA where she expects to graduate in May 2023. She earned a B.A. in English Writing and Legal Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. in Social and Public Policy from Duquesne University. While pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Carla was a Pathways Intern with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Labor where she assisted the national office outreach unit on a variety of projects to bolster the agency’s outreach initiatives. Prior to attending law school, Carla worked in food safety and quality assurance for a supermarket chain, focusing on food labeling compliance for private brand products ranging from fresh meats, vegetables, shelf-stable packaged foods, and dietary supplements. Through this role, she developed an interest in food law and related legal issues. She spent her 1L summer working as a legal intern in-house for one of the country’s largest foodservice distributors. After graduation, Carla hopes to pursue a legal career advising food and drug clients on the ever-changing complex regulatory issues facing the industry.

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Research Fellow

Lakeshia Williams, B.S., M.S., M.B.A

Lakeshia grew up in Bassfield, MS which is a small rural town in the southwestern region of the state. After graduating from Bassfield High School, she enrolled at Alcorn State University in Lorman, MS.  She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1998.  While a student at Alcorn, she interned two summers with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service chemistry lab in Gastonia, NC where she tested meals ready to eat (MRE) for salt, fat, and moisture content. Lakeshia continued her studies at Auburn University in Auburn, AL where she was awarded a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 2001.  While a graduate student at Auburn, Lakeshia worked as an intern for three summers with The Dow Chemical Company in their Polyurethane and Polyethylene Research & Development and Process Engineering departments.

Since her graduation from Auburn, Lakeshia has worked as an engineer in diverse roles from process engineer to plant manager for companies in the pulp and paper, petrochemical, and utilities industries. She also acquired a Master of Business Administration degree in 2004 from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS through Georgia-Pacific’s education reimbursement program. Lakeshia has worked in Supply Chain for the past eight years, and she currently works for Entergy Services as a Category Leader II. She is pursuing her Juris Doctor part-time in the evening at Southern University Law Center with an anticipated graduation date of May 2025. Lakeshia resides in Baton Rouge, LA with her 12-year-old daughter, Kirsten, whom she views being her mom as her greatest accomplishment that brings her the most joy.

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Research Fellow

Jeramy Ashton, B.S

Jeramy is a law student at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, where he expects to graduate in May 2023. Jeramy graduated cum laude from Utah Valley University with a B.S. in Philosophy with an emphasis on Bioethics. During that time, Jeramy published and presented academic research at a state and nationwide level. While pursuing his Juris Doctor in Arkansas, Jeramy clerked for the United States House of Representatives, Center of Disease Control and Prevention, and will soon clerk for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas. Jeramy is heavily involved in the Journal for Social Change and Public Service and recently reestablished the Health Law Society. Jeramy hopes to practice in civil rights or health policy.

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Research Fellow

Samantha Capaldo, M.S.

Samantha attends the Drake University Law School, where she expects to graduate in May of 2023. She is pursuing a Food and Agriculture Law Certificate and Legislative Practice Certificate. Prior to law school, she attended Virginia Tech where she received a B.S. in Dairy Science and M.S. in Agriculture and Life Sciences with a concentration in Food Safety and Biosecurity. During the summer and fall of 2021, Samantha served as a research assistant, working on projects related to the 2023 Farm Bill, animal agriculture, and business development. During the spring of 2022, Samantha interned with the Iowa Senate. Samantha hopes to practice in agriculture and food policy.

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Research Fellow

Hagan Wright, B.S.

Hagan is a law student at Texas A&M University School of Law, where he expects to graduate in 2023. Hagan was born and raised in Texas and was actively involved in his local FFA and 4-H program growing up. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management. During his time at Texas Tech, Hagan was a member of the Student Government Association and served as Chair for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. At Texas Tech, Hagan also interned for Senator John Cornyn and the Texas Tech Plant and Soil Science Research Farm. While at Texas A&M, he interned at the Office of Public Interest Counsel for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and served on the Environmental and Natural Resources Systems Legal Clinic. After graduation, he hopes to work on environmental and water law issues connected to the agricultural industry.

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Research Fellow

Brittany Shipp, B.S.

Brittany is a law student at Texas A&M University School of Law, where she expects to graduate in 2024. Before law school Brittany attended Texas A&M University where she received a B.S. in Animal Science and a B.S. in Agricultural Communications and Journalism, graduating cum laude. During that time, Brittany worked in the meat science department, participated on the meat science quiz bowl team, and served as the founding treasurer of the TAMU Meat Science and Technology Association. In December 2019, Brittany completed research through the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications Department, which was presented at a national conference that summer. These experiences allowed her to develop an interest in agricultural law and policy. After graduation, Brittany hopes to pursue a career in agricultural law, focusing on food safety and food security, and advocating for the meat industry.

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Research Fellow

Sarjun Bal, B.S.

Sarjun Bal is a 2nd year law student at the San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, California. Prior to law school he attended California State University, Fresno, where he graduated with a B.S. in Business administration with an emphasis in finance and a minor in criminology. Growing up he helped run his family’s ag operation of wine grapes, almonds, and raisins throughout California’s Central Valley. Seeing his family and other farmers in California struggle with continuing water shortages and other agricultural issues has motivated Sarjun to find ways to use his law degree to put forth his contributions to further develop agriculture in his community. After successful completion of Law School, Sarjun plans to use his law degree to serve as an advocate for agriculture.

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Research Fellow

Emma Jumper, B.B.A, M.B.A

Emma is from Paragould, Arkansas where her family owns and manages a registered angus cattle herd, Rock Creek Angus, and founded a peanut shelling company, Delta Peanut.

She served as ANCW National Beef Ambassador, American Angus Ambassador, and state and national ambassador for the Farm Bureau Federation. Her experience with farming and ranching provides unique opportunities to speak internationally and stateside with unconventional audiences; in 2016, she received a $25,000 scholarship and named “Top Retail Student in the Country” by the National Retail Federation for her contest entry and interview regarding food retail.

She graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, during which time she was a member of the milking crew at the historic school dairy. Following graduation, she served a year as the official spokeswoman of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for the state of Mississippi. Emma moved to Stillwater for her MBA, studied abroad in Spain and the People’s Republic of China, and graduated with honors from Oklahoma State University. She currently attends the University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law and anticipates graduation May 2023.

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Research Fellow

Jessica Wilkerson, B.S.

Jessica Wilkerson is a law student at Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, where she expects to graduate in May, 2023.  Growing up, she was involved in tobacco and dairy farming prior to earning her B.S. in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Business from the University of Kentucky.  Her professional career before law school included agribusiness management and agricultural lending as well as completion of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program.  Most recently, she served as a Director of Retail Operations for Farm Credit Mid-America.  During her legal education at Chase, Jessica has served as the Lead Notes Editor for the Northern Kentucky Law Review and gained diverse experience as a law clerk.  Jessica and her husband live in central Kentucky, where they operate a beef cattle farm and enjoy spending time with their three young children.

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Research Fellow

Ebony Cormier, B.S., M.B.A

Ebony Cormier is entering her fourth and final year of law school at Southern University Law Center (SULC), where she expects to graduate in May 2023. Prior to law school, Ebony graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, and later obtained her MBA with a concentration in Global Management. She spent 17 years in financial services before making the transition to law. While in law school, Ebony has held various leadership roles, notably National Director of Corporate Engagement for the National Black Law Students Association, and she will serve as the Inaugural President of the Agriculture Law Society at SULC. Ebony resides in Texas with her husband and four children.

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Research Fellow

Conner Kelsey, B.S.

Conner is a 2L at William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas. Before attending law school, Conner attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he received a B.S. in Agriculture. Since his time at Bowen, Conner is a Dean’s Fellow to help lead and mentor first-year law students for their fall semester. In 2021, Conner spent his Summer at the Center for Arkansas Legal Services where he worked as a law clerk. After graduation, Conner hopes to pursue a career advocating for small rural areas throughout Arkansas. 

Communications Specialist

Sara Gardner B.S.

Sara Gardner is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Agricultural Economics and minors in Ag Leadership, Economics, International Economic Development, and Spanish. At that time, she was recognized as the Agribusiness & Ag Economics Department’s Outstanding Graduating Senior.  Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Arkansas.

Sara has held internships at The White House, in the Office of U.S. Senator John Boozman, and at Walmart Corporate.  During her undergraduate career, she spent a month in Mozambique studying abroad on a poultry farm for community development and service learning. Additionally, she served as Associated Student Government’s Director of Veterans Affairs, President of Capitalism Club, on the Bumpers Honors Student Board, as a Study Abroad and Honors Ambassador, as a Model UN delegate, and as an officer of the Student Alumni Board and Tri Delta. She is active in Arkansas 4-H, having served as both State President and Vice President.  Further, she recently won the Arkansas Collegiate Farm Bureau discussion meet, and will represent Arkansas at the national competition.  She has been a passionate volunteer for veterans through her personal platform “Pledge to Patriotism” since the age of 8 and currently serves on the board of a local nonprofit, Bo’s Blessings, where she serves veterans and leads the youth ambassador program. Sara plans to pursue a career as an attorney and economist.  Sara has worked at the National Agricultural Law Center as a communications specialist since 2018.

Communications Specialist

Brooke Bradford

Brooke is an honors student at the University of Arkansas studying both agricultural leadership and communications. Expected to graduate in 2024, Brooke is interested specifically in social media and the role it can play in agriculture as an industry. She is a past Arkansas FFA state officer, serving as the state president in 2020 – 2021 and now a National FFA Officer Candidate. In 2020 after graduating with honors from Clinton High School, she was selected by the United States Department of Education as a United States Presidential Scholar. She currently serves as a Bumper’s College Honors Mentor and is actively involved in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. As a college student, Brooke serves on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism as one of two youth commissioners. After getting her undergraduate degrees she plans on applying to both Master’s programs and Law Schools to continue her education with a focus on policy and public service.

Communications Specialist

Madison Price

Madison is an honors student at the University of Arkansas pursuing a major in Agricultural Business with a minor in Agricultural Leadership. She is an Honors College Path Scholar and is currently involved in Collegiate Farm Bureau, where she serves as the Director of Public Affairs, the Tri Delta Sorority, and a participant in Associated Student Government Freshman Leadership Forum. Madison plans to graduate in 2024 and plans to further her education beyond her bachelor’s degree.

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Communications Specialist

Treyvion Hall A.S.

Treyvion is a student at Virginia State University, double majoring in Agribusiness & Economics. He expects to graduate in May of 2022 as a first-generation college student.  He was born and raised in Petersburg, VA., a small poverty-stricken city where he was reared in a single parent home, the oldest boy of five siblings. He praises Petersburg for the opportunities and connections it afforded him as he graduated from Petersburg High School with an Associates of Science from Richard Bland College in 2019 through the Middle College Program offered at Petersburg High School.  At Virginia State, Trey is a Presidential scholar, a TMCF scholar and a USDA 1890 scholar. He has also participated in diverse leadership positions at Virginia State University including Vice President of Administration for the Student Government Association, Vice President and President of the Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and serving as a Board of Visitor Charlie Hill Fellow. He has also held two summer internships with the USDA. His first internship was with the Agricultural Research Service (2020) and the second with the National Agricultural Library (2021).