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

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

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

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.

Communications & Special Projects Coordinator

Drew Viguet, B.A., M.A.

Drew was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, but grew up in Springfield, Missouri. In his early years, he was interested in writing, public speaking, music, and drama. He did journalism throughout high school, developing his passion for effective writing and communications. He served as editor-in-chief of the school’s newsmagazine his senior year.

Returning to his birth state, Drew attended college at the University of Arkansas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with a News/Editorial focus. He then earned a Master of Arts in Communication, also from the University of Arkansas. During his time at the university, Drew worked as a staff reporter, assistant news editor, and copy editor for The Arkansas Traveler, the student-led newspaper of the University of Arkansas. He also completed a communications internship working in the College of Education & Health Professions. While earning his master’s, Drew worked as a graduate assistant, teaching courses of Communication 1313: Public Speaking.

Drew has also worked for Acorn: The Influence Company, which is based out of Rogers, Arkansas, taught as a substitute teacher, and recently worked in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, in the Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness.

At the National Agricultural Law Center, Drew works on conference publicity, webinar programming, press releases, social media, and more.

Website Editor

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Research Fellow

Amy Blake, B.S.

Amy M. Blake attends the Texas Tech University School of Law where she expects to graduate in May 2023. Her passion for agriculture began at a young age in her hometown of Brush, Colorado where her family owns a livestock auction and veterinary practice. She attended Colorado State University where she graduated from the College of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Organization and Innovation Management, Human Resources, and Entrepreneurship.

In addition to serving as a Comment Editor for the Texas Tech Law Review, Amy is a member of the International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi, Agricultural Law Association, Estate and Property Law Society, and the Energy Law Interest Group.

During her time at Colorado State University, Amy worked as a legal intern for Grant & Hoffman Law Firm, P.C. in northern Colorado. Following her 1L year, Amy completed an internship with the Honorable Michael R. Montero in the Sixth Judicial District Court for the state of Nevada. Following her 2L year, Amy clerked for Robinett | King in northern Oklahoma and Wagstaff LLP in Abilene, Texas.

After graduation, Amy hopes to continue pursuing her passion for agricultural law and serve as an advocate for farmers, ranchers, and the agricultural industry.

Research Fellow

Annalisa Miller, B.S.

Annalisa attends the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she expects to graduate in May 2024. Annalisa grew up on a cattle ranch in northeastern New Mexico. She actively participated in 4-H and FFA and served as the New Mexico State FFA President. Annalisa graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education and a minor in Journalism and Mass Communications. While at NMSU, she participated in the National Agri-Marketing Association, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, and served as a College of ACES Ambassador. Currently, she is a member of the Environmental Law Society and helped organize an agricultural law speaker series to generate interest in agriculture within the law school. After graduation, Annalisa aspires to use her law degree to be a voice for American agriculturists and rural communities.

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.

Research Fellow

Julie Anton, B.A.

Julie Anton is a student at Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law in Montgomery Alabama. She expects to graduate in 2025. Julie left her small hometown of Enterprise Alabama to earn her Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of West Florida. From there, she pursued her dreams of being a writer in Atlanta, Seattle, and many places in between. She came back to Alabama to earn her law degree and would like to utilize her skills in Ag law to advocate for alternative medicinal plants and their production. She enjoys playing drums in her band and snuggles with her rescue pit bull, Smush.

Research Fellow

Olivia Wyatt, B.S.

Olivia Wyatt attends Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University, where she expects to graduate in May 2024.  Olivia was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Montevallo in 2021 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. While pursuing her Bachelors degree, Olivia was a member of the Honor’s program, Track & Field team, Alpha Lambda Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, the Student Government Association, Chi Omega, Collegiate Legislature, and interned for an animal advocacy nonprofit. While at Faulkner Law, Olivia is an Honor Court Representative, a Dean Fellow, and a member of the Trial Advocacy Program, the Women’s Legal Society, and the Federalist Society. Olivia has always been passionate about environmental and agricultural law and is looking forward to her time with the NALC. Following law school, Olivia hopes to pursue a legal career in environmental law.

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

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).