Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Satoko Kato presents at the Arkansas Recycling Coalition Annual Conference


On September 20, 2016, Cameron Caja, the founder of Razorback Food Recovery at the University of Arkansas, and Satoko Kato, a visiting assistant professor at the UA School of Law, were invited to speak as panelists at the Arkansas Recycling Coalition’s 26th Annual Conference and Trade Show. Titled “Food Recovery Roundtable,” Satoko introduced the Food Recovery Project and gave a presentation on the legal aspects of food recovery, including an overview of the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and Cameron delivered a presentation on the food programs on the University of Arkansas campus that are helping to fight food insecurity on campus.


The panel participants also included Bob Gedert, director of Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin; Michelle Shope, Director of Food Souring and Logistics, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance; and Stephen Sturdivant, environmental engineer, EPA Region 6, and was moderated by Brian Pugh of Fayetteville Solid Waste and Recycling and Melissa Terry of the University of Arkansas. The panelists’ presentation was followed by a Q&A discussion on food recovery and waste management.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

LL.M. Candidate Brandy McAllister and the Mac Farm

Note from Susan:

We have the most interesting attorneys in the LL.M. Program!

It was my pleasure to speak with distance candidate Brandy McAllister last week. In addition to taking classes toward her LL.M. degree, Brandy serves as Risk Management Services Counsel for the Association of Arkansas Counties in Little Rock, Arkansas. And, she is an attorney for the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.  She just began the program this Fall, taking classes part-time by distance. 

After Brandy and I discussed her classes and research, our conversation turned to the farming operation that Brandy and her family have started, Mac Farm.  

Brandy reported that they started a homesteading project in February of 2013 with 15 chickens. Their flock is now up to 36 chickens including four roosters and 1 guinea hen.  They also have 3 milk goats, a bill goat and 1 pet pygmy goat.

They have started a small orchard with 8 fruit trees and have a 3200 square foot garden which includes medicinal herbs and perennial fruit plants (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries).

They currently get 15-24 eggs a day from the hens and a little over a half a gallon of milk a day from the goats. They sell the extra eggs and milk and occasionally sell farm-share baskets with extra vegetables from the garden. With careful planning, they are able to do a spring, summer and fall garden, with some plants that even carry over through the winter.  Brandy makes raw milk cheese about once a month with extra milk.

They have created their own brand of body care products, called Skin Snacks - based on the concept that what you put on your body should be just as good as what you eat. They sell mostly to friends and family and occasionally post items for sale at a local online farmer's market. ​

Thanks for telling us about your farm, Brandy. We are delighted to have another new farmer in the LL.M. Program. 







Thursday, September 22, 2016

Nicole Civita interviewed on "Your Call"



What Can You Do To Stop Food Waste


http://kalw.org/post/your-call-what-you-can-do-stop-food-waste#stream/0
What Can You Do To Stop Food Waste
LL.M. Affiliate Professor and Director of the Food Recovery Project at the University of Arkansas School of Law was a recently interviewed on "Your Call" a daily San Francisco (KALW) Public Radio show.  The topic was "What You Can Do To Stop Food Waste."  

Check out the episode on KALW's website.






Nicole Civita, Director, Food Recovery Project

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

From Last Year's Class: Nicole Cooks joins USDA

LL.M. Candidate Nicole Cook

Nicole Cook, an experienced attorney from Iowa, was in the LL.M. Program 2015-16, completing her class requirements with a Practicum over the summer.  She worked with the Good Food Institute. Through her Practicum, Nicole engaged in some fascinating legal research involving the potential regulatory issues involved in the development of alternative proteins.

Nicole will be moving to Washington, D.C. very soon, as she has accepted a position serving as a Senior Advisor in the Risk Management Agency (RMA) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nicole will be reporting directly to LL.M. Alumnus Brandon Willis, Administrator of the RMA.

Nicole reports that she is "excited for the opportunity to help continue the great work that USDA RMA has been doing and to meet more people and learn more about how the Federal government can help support American agriculture."

Congratulations, Nicole!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

From Last Year's Class: Mark Opansiuk

Over the next few weeks, we would like to provide updates on what our formers students are doing, and in particular, check in with the LL.M. students from the 2015-16 class.  We begin with Mark Opanasuik, a Fulbright Scholar and attorney from Ukraine.

As we reported earlier, Mark was selected to participate in the Edmund S. Muskie Summer Internship Program after he completed his classes. He worked with an agricultural law firm in Iowa, gaining valuable practice experience.

Then, at the end of August, it was time to head back to Ukraine. As you can see from the photo at Borispol airport in Kyiv, Ukraine, Mark's friends and family were delighted to welcome him back!

Mark Opanisuik & Halyna Mykhaliuk

Mark made it home in time to attend the annual Yalta European Strategy Conference (YES) in Kyiv. This conference provides an open platform to explore new ideas and exchange views on European, Ukrainian and global development. It brings together over 350 politicians, diplomats, statesmen, journalists, analysts and business leaders from more than 50 countries. At the conference, Mark was able to connect in person with Professor Halyna Mykhaliuk from the Kyiv-Mohyla University. Professor Mykhaliuk was a guest lecturer by video-conference in Professor Kelley's course last Spring, Introduction to Agricultural & Food Law in the EU. They are both pictured here at the conference.

On September 26, Mark will begin work in the legal department of Milkiland, an international diversified dairy business with its core operations in the CIS and EU. The
Milkiland Group is controlled by Kazakh, Polish, other EU, U.S. and Ukrainian investors through the Dutch public holding company Milkiland N.V., listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Their production assets are located in Russia, Ukraine and Poland, with annual milk processing capacity exceeding 1 million tons. In July, they announced a new contract to export dry milk products produced in Ukrainian facilities to the People's Republic of China.

Mark will work on international corporate, commercial and finance projects in the legal department in Milkiland's Ukrainian office. Congratulations, Mark!



Thursday, September 15, 2016

LL.M. Alumnus Eric Strating: New Dutch Ambassador to Libya


We are delighted to congratulate our alumnus, Eric Strating. Eric was recently sworn in by King Willem-Alexander as the new Dutch Ambassador to Libya.

Eric and his wife, also our alumna, Henriette Strating are pictured here after the swearing in ceremony.

Eric and Henriette have just moved to Tunis where Eric will be based. He replaces Hans Sandee who is now Dutch Consul-General in Dubai.

Eric previously served as one of the heads of the Dutch foreign ministry’s North Africa and Middle East Department, and he has been shadowing Ambassador Sandee since his appointment was announced last December.

Congratulations, Eric and Henriette.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Handel Food Law, LLC Graduate Assistant: Jacob Kerksieck


LL.M. Candidate Jacob Kerksieck
We are proud to announce that Handel Food Law, LLC, a national practice with its virtual office in Bedminster, New Jersey is sponsoring a Graduate Assistantship in the LL.M. Program for Fall 2016. LL.M. Candidate Jacob Kerksieck was selected for this honor.

Handel Food Law was founded by LL.M. Alumna Lauren Handel, a nationally recognized food law attorney. Handel Food Law is specifically dedicated to food, beverage and farming businesses.

Our Graduate Assistantship Program provides for a limited number of private sponsorship opportunities with organizations and firms with particularly close ties to the LL.M. Program. Students are afforded the opportunity to work closely with professionals who are practicing agricultural and food law, gaining valuable experience and hands-on training.  Sponsors have the opportunity to work with one of our students, maintaining close ties to our Program and benefiting from the student's accomplishments.

A full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend accompany the Graduate Assistantship Award.  The student performs up to 20 hours of work per week during the semester.

Jacob holds a J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Sam M. Walton College of Business.  We thank Handel Food Law for their support of the LL.M. Program and for the mentoring they will provide to Jacob.  And, we congratulate Jacob for the award.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Law Firm of Northwest Arkansas: Graduate Assistant Jessica Fritts

LL.M. Candidate Jessica Fritts
We are proud to announce that The Law Group of Northwest Arkansas is once again sponsoring a Graduate Assistantship in the LL.M. Program for the 2016-17 academic year.  LL.M. Candidate Jessica Fritts was selected for this honor.

The Law Group of Northwest Arkansas is home to LL.M. Alumni KC Tucker and Kristy Boehler.  The Law Group has supported the LL.M. Program in many ways, sponsoring not only our Graduate Assistants, but sponsoring events at the law school as well.

The Law Group of Northwest Arkansas represents individuals and businesses in all areas of agricultural and food law "from farm to fork."

Our Graduate Assistantship Program provides for a limited number of private sponsorship opportunities with organizations and firms with particularly close ties to the LL.M. Program. Students are afforded the opportunity to work closely with professionals who are practicing agricultural and food law, gaining valuable experience and hands-on training.  Sponsors have the opportunity to work with one of our students, maintaining close ties to our Program and benefiting from the student's accomplishments.

A full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend accompany the Graduate Assistantship Award.  The student performs up to 20 hours of work per week during the semester.

Jessica recently completed a J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law where she served as a law clerk with the Law Group. Jessica holds a B.S. in Agriculture, Food & Life Sciences majoring in Poultry Science and Agricultural Business from the University of Arkansas.

We thank the The Law Group of Northwest Arkansas for their support of the LL.M. Program and for the mentoring they will provide to Jessica.  And, we congratulate Jessica for the award.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Drake Agriultural Law Center Sponsors Graduate Assistant: Kelly Nuckolls

LL.M. Candidate Kelly Nuckolls
We are proud to announce that the Drake University Agricultural Law Center is sponsoring a Graduate Assistantship in the LL.M. Program for the 2016-17 academic year. LL.M. Candidate Kelly Nuckolls was selected for this honor.

The LL.M. Program has had a close relationship with the Drake Agricultural Law Center for many years, and its Director, Professor Neil Hamilton serves as a Visiting Professor in our Program, teaching a course each semester. 

The Graduate Assistantship Program provides for a limited number of sponsorship opportunities with organizations and firms with particularly close ties to the LL.M. Program. Students are afforded the opportunity to work closely with professionals who are practicing agricultural and food law, gaining valuable experience and hands-on training.  Sponsors have the opportunity to work with one of our students, maintaining close ties to our Program and benefiting from the student's accomplishments.

A full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend accompany the Graduate Assistantship Award.  The student performs up to 20 hours of work per week during the semester.

Kelly is a recent graduate of Drake University School of Law, where she studied under Professor Hamilton. She served as Executive Editor to the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law (2015-2016), as a Legal Intern at the Drake Agricultural Law Center (working with the Buy Fresh, Buy Local initiative); as a Policy Intern at the Iowa Food Bank Association, and as a Legal Intern with the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic. The assistantship award is a direct result of Kelly's excellent work and of her academic achievements.

We thank Professor Hamilton, the Drake University Agricultural Law Center and Drake University Law School for their support of the LL.M. Program.  And, we congratulate Kelly for the award. 


Drake Agriultural Law Center Sponsors Graduate Assistant: Kelley Nuckolls

LL.M. Candidate Kelly Nuckolls
We are proud to announce that the Drake University Agricultural Law Center is sponsoring a Graduate Assistantship in the LL.M. Program for the 2016-17 academic year. LL.M. Candidate Kelly Nuckolls was selected for this honor.

The LL.M. Program has had a close relationship with the Drake Agricultural Law Center for many years, and its Director, Professor Neil Hamilton serves as a Visiting Professor in our Program, teaching a course each semester. 

The Graduate Assistantship Program provides for a limited number of sponsorship opportunities with organizations and firms with particularly close ties to the LL.M. Program. Students are afforded the opportunity to work closely with professionals who are practicing agricultural and food law, gaining valuable experience and hands-on training.  Sponsors have the opportunity to work with one of our students, maintaining close ties to our Program and benefiting from the student's accomplishments.

A full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend accompany the Graduate Assistantship Award.  The student performs up to 20 hours of work per week during the semester.

Kelly is a recent graduate of Drake University School of Law, where she studied under Professor Hamilton. She served as Executive Editor to the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law (2015-2016), as a Legal Intern at the Drake Agricultural Law Center (working with the Buy Fresh, Buy Local initiative); as a Policy Intern at the Iowa Food Bank Association, and as a Legal Intern with the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic. The assistantship award is a direct result of Kelly's excellent work and of her academic achievements.

We thank Professor Hamilton, the Drake University Agricultural Law Center and Drake University Law School for their support of the LL.M. Program.  And, we congratulate Kelly for the award. 


Monday, September 5, 2016

New Edition of Food, Farming & Sustainability Published

The second edition of the book Food Farming & Sustainability: Readings in Agricultural Law by Susan Schneider was just released in August 2016 by Carolina Press.

This edition provides a significant update to the first edition, introducing recent agricultural law developments including the 2014 Farm Bill and the 2012 Census of Agriculture, and adding a new chapter devoted specifically to food safety.  Like the first edition, the book uses current events to explore the special treatment of agriculture under the law and seeks to promote constructive dialogue about our food system.

The book has been popular with agricultural law professors across the country and also with those seeking to better understand agricultural law issues.

Professor Schneider was delighted to have this edition feature photos of her farm in Minnesota on the cover - the dairy barn built by her Grandfather in 1920 is on the front and a current shot of a haying operation on the farm is on the back.

The book is supported by a website at www.foodfarmingsustainability.com that was initially created to supplement the first edition.  Professor Schneider is now updating the website to provide direct access and links to many current agricultural law resources that are cited in the book.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Acting USDA Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse visits LL.M. Program

Earlier this month, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the department’s Fall Forum series to highlight the progress made on the top issues facing the future of agriculture and set the stage for the next administration to continue to support a strong future for American agriculture.

On Monday, Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse delivered keynote remarks to kick off the USDA New Farmers and Land Tenure Fall Forum at the School of Law.

The visit included a day of panel discussions, remarks and audience feedback on the next generation of agriculture and land tenure issues. This was the first in the USDA series, which will each be hosted in partnership with leading universities across the country and focus on a range of current agricultural issues.

Three of our LL.M. alumni were selected by USDA to address the forum as panel members.  Janie Hipp, Director of the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative at the School of Law; Allen Olson, practicing attorney and adjunct professor in the LL.M. Program; and Monica Rainge, Director of Land Retention and Advocacy for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives / Land Assistance Fund

We were particularly pleased that Secretary Scuse was able to meet personally with LL.M. Candidates during his visit at a private Q&A session held in our LL.M. Study. 

A number of our Alumni currently serve in positions throughout USDA, and Deputy Secretary Scuse thanked us for our work in preparing attorneys for specialized service in agricultural and food law. We were especially pleased to hear Secretary Scuse recognize the excellent work of two particular alumni that he has worked directly with -  Ben Thomas, now Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA and Brandon Willis, Administrator for USDA Risk Management Agency.


Appreciation is expressed to staff at The University of Arkansas School of Law and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences who partnered to host the USDA New Farmers and Land Tenure Fall Forum.

And, a special shout out to our UA alumna and Arkansas native, Ashlee Nicole Johnson, who serves as Deputy Scuse's Chief of Staff in Washington, D.C.