American Agricultural Law Association Election Results: AALA President-Elect Beth Crocker
Prior to joining Clemson University, Beht served for 10 years as General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs for the S.C. Department of Agriculture (SCDA), including service as a Government Liaison for the agency and coordinating special projects such as: SCDA liaison in the Statewide Farm to School program, emphasizing GAP certification for farmers, school gardens and serving local produce in school meals; coordinating partnerships with the University of SC and Clemson University to host on-campus Farmers Markets (2008 – 2013); coordinating the SC School Garden Program (2007 – 2013); SCDA Liaison and staff coordinator for the S.C. Food Policy Council (2005 – 2013) which hosted its first statewide Food Desert Workshop in 2012; partnering with the state Transportation and Tourism agencies to draft and support the recent passage of the Tourist Oriented Directional Signage (TODS) legislation; State Milk Tax Credit program coordinator (2004-2013); and SCDA liaison in the Department’s partnership with Clemson University for the S.C. Commissioner’s School for Agriculture, a summer academic program for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in exploring careers in agriculture, forestry and natural resources (2004 – 2013).
Beth received her BS degree in pre-veterinary medicine from Clemson University, and then was drawn to agricultural law studies and received her J.D. from Drake Law School. She then earned her LL.M. degree in agricultural law from our Program at the University of Arkansas.
Beth has been a member of the AALA since 1998 when she joined as a 1L in law school. She has served on the awards committee and the communications committee, as well as serving on the Board of Directors from 2011-13. Beth is also the recipient of the 2013 AALA Excellence in Agricultural Law award for her work in the Government practice area.
When not working or serving AALA, Beth trains and shows her Boykin Spaniel, Jake and various competitive venues including hunt test, Rally, conformation and obedience. Her retired Champion Gordon Setter accompanies them when she is not reigning the roost at home in Clemson, SC, along with Zeb the cat.