Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jason Foscolo Profiled by Good Food Jobs

I am delighted to report that Jason Foscolo, one of our recent LL.M.s was just featured on the Gastrognomes Blog from Good Food Jobs.

Jason was in the LL.M. Program last year and since leaving Fayetteville has set up Jason Foscolo, LLC as a new food law practice focusing on the needs of the new agricultural and food businesses that make up our changing food system. Jason writes the Food Law Blog with many followers and tweets at @FoodLawAttorney, where he is self-described as: "Legal counsel for farmers and food entrepreneurs. Will work for food!"

Gastrognomes does a nice job describing the love of food that connected this well respected JAG attorney serving at the Pentagon to our LL.M. Program.  He's got a great story. And, Jason fit in a nice plug for our Program.

I had the extraordinary opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in Agriculture and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law, the only program of its kind in the United States. The program gave me a comprehensive understanding of the network of special laws that regulate almost every transaction in our food system.

Thanks, Jason.

I have actually been meaning to blog about one aspect of Jason's work - his work with veteran farmers - for some time, and this new acclaim reminded me that it was past time to do so.

Last August, Jason announced his affiliation with the Farmer Veteran Coalition, an amazing non-profit organization based in California. The FVC provides agricultural training as well as financial assistance to returning veterans so that they may build viable careers on our nation’s farms. Their mission is as straightforward as it is powerful.  "The mission of the Farmer-Veteran Coalition is to mobilize veterans to feed America."  Their work and the help that they provide to vets returning from Iraq or Afghanistan was highlighted in the New York Times article Helping Soldiers Trade Their Swords for Plowshares.

Jason participated in the Coalition’s veteran-farmer training in Philadelphia and presented on small business law, food safety regulations and food-born illness liability, farm labor laws, and the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. He described his experience as follows.

The vets I met with are still enormous assets for their country. They are creating jobs, strengthening rural communities, and growing great food. As they always have, they will succeed in this.

If you would like to donate or volunteer with the Farmer Veteran Coalition, click here for additional information.

We wish Jason great success with his practice.  He really does have a "good food job."

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