Sunday, September 16, 2007

Special Condensed Course in Ag Cooperatives

Dr. James R. Baarda from the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service in Washington, D.C. will be with us this week teaching a condensed Agricultural Cooperative Law course. This is one of the special condensed course offerings in the LL.M. Program. During a condensed course week, the rest of our classes are suspended, and the LL.M. candidates immerse themselves in just one subject.

Dr. Baarda grew up on a farm in Iowa and received his B.S. degree in chemistry, physics, and zoology from Iowa State University. He received his law degree from the University of Denver School of Law (night division) and his Ph.D. in food and resource economics from the University of Florida. In addition to private practice and consulting work, Dr. Baarda has had a long and distinguished career with the USDA. He has worked with farmer cooperatives in Eastern Europe and Russia as well as throughout the United States. He is the recipient of the American Agricultural Law Association Distinguished Service Award and the USDA Superior Service Award. His current work is focused on the legal, economic, financial, and business characteristics of cooperatives that distinguish them from other forms of business in a dynamic, global economy.

Dr. Baarda is a great teacher and puts a tremendous amount of work into organizing a good course for our students. We are delighted to have him with us this week.

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