Thursday, December 4, 2008

Chuck Culver Visits LL.M. Class

We were delighted to have alumnus, Chuck Culver visit the Agricultural Finance & Credit class this week. Chuck serves as Director of Development for the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas and has a distinguished record of service to agriculture and agricultural law throughout his career. He worked for Senator Dale Bumpers in Washington, D.C. for a number of years, and Chuck's assistance was key to the creation of the National Center for Agricultural Law. Chuck was a member of the very first LL.M. class, and as an alumnus, he has always provided critical support to the Program.

Chuck delivered an excellent lecture discussing the historical phases of federal support to and regulation of agriculture. He concluded his remarks with commentary on the future of agricultural policy with a fascinating look at the changes in Congressional Committee chairs and the significance of likely agricultural appointees to the USDA. Chuck's long record of political and policy work in Washington, D.C. along with the network of political contacts he has made over the years, provide him with valuable insight into the current political process. The LL.M. candidates, several of whom would like the opportunity to work in Washington, were a captivated audience.

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