Wednesday, September 16, 2009

LLM Alum, Brandon Willis Appointed to USDA Position

LL.M. alumnus, Brandon Willis was recently appointed to the position of Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs (DAFP). Brandon will oversee all FSA programs under the Production Emergencies and Compliance Division (PECD), Conservation and Environmental Programs Division (CEPD), and Price Support Division (PSD). Prior to his appointment as DAFP, he was a confidential assistant in the USDA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. Before joining FSA, Willis served as the Agriculture Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Max Baucus, a position he took after completing his LL.M. coursework.

Brandon grew up on a third generation sheep ranch in northern Utah and managed his family’s raspberry farm, Bursting Berries. He earned his bachelor’s degree in crop and soil science from Utah State University in Logan, Utah, and his law degree from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. He attended the LL.M. program in 2004-05 and served as a Graduate Assistant for the National Center for Ag Law. He completed his thesis last summer and received his LL.M. degree in August.

Congratulations, Brandon!

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