Tuesday, March 30, 2010

David Grahn to Return for Ag Policy / Budget Lectures

We are delighted to announce that David Grahn, Associate General Counsel for Rural Dev't at USDA will return to lecture on Agricultural Policy and the Federal Budget Rules on April 5-6. David taught this subject for us last year and the LL.M. candidates raved about how much they learned about the federal budgetary process and agricultural policy. David delivers a fast paced and real world explanation of how things work inside the Beltway, how budgetary rules often drive policy decisions, and how policymakers need to understand the process in order to advance their causes.

David is the Associate General Counsel for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture. Mr. Grahn is responsible for the legal advice provided by the Office of the General Counsel to the Rural Housing Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Utilities Service, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation/Risk Management Agency, and the Farm Loan Programs of the Farm Service Agency. From 1996 through 2002, he was the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation responsible for the drafting and reviewing of legislation and the reviewing of Congressional testimony that affected agencies of the Department of Agriculture. He was detailed to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutrition during Congress' consideration of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996. From 1992 through 1995, David served as a Confidential Assistant to the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency. Mr. Grahn is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Carleton College.

We are grateful for David's willingness to come to Arkansas to deliver this critical information. In order to avoid any conflict of interest or funding issues, David volunteers his time to the Program. His course represents a unique and very valuable opportunity for our candidates, and we are very grateful for his participation.

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