Agricultural Law Bibliography


Content and Sources

This bibliography, updated quarterly, is organized through the use of forty-eight (48) legal subject categories. The entries in the bibliography derive primarily from law journals, law reviews, and legal periodicals that publish articles, comments, notes, and developments that comprise the body of published research in agricultural and food law.

By choosing the “Browse Categories” option, readers may see the full list of legal subject categories and sub-categories, while the “Search” feature allows readers to search by key words or phrases.

The National Agricultural Law Center has embarked on a project to digitize the entries contained in the bibliography to enhance the value of the bibliography by providing users free access to all articles through the Center’s web site.  This initiative seeks to digitize as many articles as possible without regard to publication date and to provide both a historical and more current perspective of agricultural and food law literature.  In cooperation with the publishers, articles will not be linked from the bibliography until a period of two years has elapsed from the date of original publication.  Digitization of any article does not imply and is not intended to imply that its content is accurate or current with applicable laws.

Consulted sources include:

          • Agricultural Law Update, 1984-2004, published by the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA)
          • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, 1963-current, published by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.
          • National Agricultural Law Center Publications, 2000-2004, published by the National Agricultural Law Center
          • Agribusiness, 1996-current, published by ProQuest Information and Learning Company.
          • Agricultural History, 1927-current, published by the Agricultural History Society.
          • American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1950-current, published by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
          • Journal of Farm Economics, 1950-1967, published by the American Farm Economics Association.
          • Land Economics, 1950-current, published by the University of Wisconsin.
          • Rural Sociology, 1936-current, published by the American Sociological Society (Rural Sociology Section)
          • American Indian Quarterly, 1974-current, published by the University of Nebraska Press
          • Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 1979-current, published by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
          • Biotechnology Law Report, 1982- current, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.



        Around 2000, Drew Kershen, Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and Lisa Bowles, a law librarian at OU, created the Agricultural Law Bibliography.  Professor Kershen’s hope was that this bibliography would make the vast literature in agricultural and food law easily to all members of the agricultural and food law communities.  As he included articles tracing back to 1950, Professor Kershen then created a table of 48 categories in which the bibliography is categorized for research efficiency.  Since its creation, it has been updated quarterly.  Professor Kershen has since taken emeritus status at OU, and moved on to other projects. Thank you, Professor Kershen, for your enduring contributions to the field of agricultural law, including the exceptional research resource found in this bibliography

        Since the third quarter of 2017, the bibliography has been compiled by staff at the National Agricultural Law Center.  While we attempt to make the bibliography as accurate and comprehensive as possible, we recognize that there are always going to be resources that we’ve missed.  If you find an article that you think should be included, please send it to us at