Thursday, January 26, 2012

David Grahn: Farm Policy & the Federal Budget

And, this week -  we were proud to host another top USDA official from Washington, D.C., our good friend David Grahn.

David serves at the USDA Office of General Counsel as Associate General Counsel for International Affairs, Food Assistance, Farm and Rural Programs.  He represents the interests of a wide range of USDA entities: Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency / Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, Rural Development Agency, Rural Business Service, Rural Utilities Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, the Food and Nutrition Service, and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

David spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with our LL.M. class explaining complex aspects of agricultural policy development.  Much of the class was devoted to understanding how the federal budget drives policy development and how administrative law can be used strategically to affect policy outcomes.  It was a practical, real-world look at how agencies work, how political goals can best be met, and how money works in Washington.

As always, David offered support for our efforts to educate the our LL.M. candidates in the complex issues involving agricultural and food law and policy.  His contribution to our efforts is invaluable.  We are grateful for his support, and our candidates are delighted with the opportunity to learn from him.

A special note that is a testimony to David's professionalism -  In order to avoid any possible conflict of interest or funding issue, David volunteers his time to the Program.

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