Friday, September 21, 2007

Ag Law Conference in Georgia - with LL.M. Alumni

Today I had the opportunity to speak at an Agricultural Law conference, The Cutting Edge of Agricultural Law, at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia. This conference was organized by the Agricultural Law section of the Georgia Bar Association.

LL.M. Alumnus, Allen Olson (Moore, Clark, DuVall & Rodgers), section chair, gets credit for re-activiating the section, starting the section newsletter, and hosting the first annual ag law conference last year.

This year, Nowell Bereth (Alston & Byrd LL.P), organized the conference, and the LL.M. Program was very well represented. Allen provided the Update on the 2008 Farm Bill and brought in another alumnus, Anne Hazlett (Minority Counsel, Senate Agriculture Committee) to give an update on Senate negotiations. Professor Terry Centner (University of Georgia), also one of our alumni, spoke on Georgia's Right to Farm Law. I spoke on Recent Developments in Food Law and Food Safety. And, alumnus Beth Crocker, Counsel to the Commissioner of Agriculture in South Carolina, was there to accept her new position as next year's section chair.

It was great to see so many of our alumni, and in particular to see them all contributing so much to the agricultural law community.

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