Friday, December 16, 2016

Professor Schneider to present at AALS - Farmland Tenure: Who Owns the Global Food System

An invitation from Professor Schneider...

Please join me at the Agricultural & Food Law Section program at the American Association of Law School's (AALS) annual meeting in San Francisco. Our session is scheduled for Friday, January 6, 2017 from 1:30 - 3:15.

Farmland Tenure: Who Owns the Global Food System

Farmland is uniquely tied to food security. It is this land, and the soil that it is made up of, that truly feeds the world. Farmland also, however, sustains local rural communities, is a source of political power, and is intractably tied to the rural economy of a nation. As we begin to feel the effects of global climate change, the value of farmland has increased, and many new investment strategies have arisen. How will the food system, local economies, and environment be impacted? This session explores how farmland tenure affects food security, natural resource consumption, environmental sustainability, rural livelihoods, and political power. An introduction to global land tenure trends will be provided, followed by presentations that target three discreet perspectives: U.S. farmland tenure in a generational transition, land tenure struggles in developing nations, and complex land tenure issues that arise on U.S. tribal lands.

Our speakers and their tentative topics will be:

Neil Hamilton, Drake Law School (Overview of US land tenure issues; implications);

Jessica Shoemaker, University of Nebraska College of Law (overview of special land tenure issues in Indian Country);

Frédéric Mousseau, The Oakland Institute (presentation on Oakland Institute perspectives, initiative)

Uche Ewelukwa, University of Arkansas School of Law (perspectives on international land tenure issues).

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New Positions Announced for 2017-18 Academic Year

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law is now accepting applications for the class beginning in the Fall of 2017. We are pleased to announce three new assistantship opportunities
that provide for a full tuition waiver, plus a monthly stipend. Candidates selected for these positions are enrolled as full-time degree candidates in the LL.M. Program, with part time work duties designed to enhance their career development and build their professional resumes. Only face-to-face LL.M. candidates are eligible for these positions.

Advisor, The Journal of Food Law & Policy, The Arkansas Law Review, and Arkansas Law Notes

  • This position calls for an LL.M. candidate to help guide the three student-edited publications at the law school, the Journal of Food Law & Policy, the Arkansas Law Review, and Arkansas Law Notes. Duties will include advising the student Boards and assisting with the teaching of a specialized course in scholarly writing. This position will be designated to an LL.M. candidate with a background of service on a law review or journal and a demonstrated interest in academic scholarship. 

Adjunct Instructor, Political Science Pre-Law 

  • This position includes service as an adjunct instructor teaching a course in "The Judicial Process" within the Political Science Department in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. This class explores the the U.S. legal system and is designed for undergraduate pre-law students. It is taught in the law school. This position will be designated to an LL.M. candidate with a background in political science and/or jurisprudence, legal practice or clerking experience, and an interest in teaching.

Academic Success, Accelerated J.D. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

  • This position will serve as a source of academic support to a small number (2-6) of candidates within the Accelerated J.D. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers. The students in this program are attorneys with their law license from a jurisdiction outside of the United States. More information on the Accelerated J.D. program is available on our website. Additional work under the guidance of the law school's Director of Academic Success will also be included. This position is designed for someone with an interest in building international connections and a small group teaching experience.

Qualified candidates will be matched to the appropriate assignment based on their background and experience. Interested applicants should:

1) Apply to the LL.M. Program 
2) Note an interest in one or more of the available positions by a statement included with the application packet. 

Contact us at or 479-575-3706 for more information.  

Monday, December 12, 2016

Indigenous Food & Ag Initiative to Help Quapaw Tribe With Processing Plant

Bumpers College, School of Law Help Quapaw Tribe With Processing Plant

The University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and School of Law are collaborating to assist in the design and construction of a meat processing plant for the Quapaw tribe near Miami, Oklahoma.

Janie Hipp, Director of the Indigenous Food & Agricultural Initiative was on hand during the groundbreaking ceremony in August. The plant is expected to be operational in May, 2017, and will provide U of A students with opportunities for experience and training. The plant will include a classroom, laboratory and test kitchen, and is being designed to process up to 50 animals per week.

The tribe has cattle and bison on a ranch outside Miami. The ultimate goal of the ranch is to raise, slaughter, process, package and ship its own products to local businesses and stores, including the tribe’s restaurants in Quapaw Casino and Downstream Casino Resort.

Read the full UA Newswire article for more on this exciting collaboration.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Amy White given The Compass Achievement Award

LL.M. Alumna Amy White given The Compass Achievement Award

Amy White was recently given the Compass Achievement Award for her work on Walmart's "best if used by"  initiative for private brand items. Amy serves as Senior Manager of Food Labeling at Walmart,  working under Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety on the labeling initiative. The Award recognizes Amy for "outstanding achievement to execute a date labeling initiative that reduced food waste and lessened the likelihood of all-justified regulatory violation."

Walmart has received international recognition for its efforts to reduce food waste through improved package labeling, with Amy's efforts at the forefront. More on Walmart's labeling initiative can be found the U.S. edition of the The Guardian newspaper.

Amy's award was presented to her by Jay Jorgensen, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Ethics, and Compliance Officer for WalMart.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Erin S. Parker appointed to Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

Erin S. Parker appointed to Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

We are pleased to share the news that LL.M. Alumna Erin S. Parker has been appointed to the Council for Native American Farming & Ranching.

The Council provides recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on changes to USDA regulations and other measures that would eliminate barriers to program participation for Native American farmers and ranchers.

The Council consists of 15 members, including four USDA officials and 11 Native American leaders and representatives. Members of the Council are appointed for two-year terms by the Secretary of Agriculture. The appointees may include: Native American (American Indian and Alaska Native) farmers or ranchers; representatives of nonprofit organizations that work with Native farmers and ranchers; civil rights professionals; educators; tribal elected leaders; senior USDA officials; and other persons the Secretary deems appropriate.

Erin serves as the Assistant Director of the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

For more on Erin's appointment, read the full announcement as posted on Farm Futures. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

LL.M. Candidate Kael Bowling wins Food Safety Champion Award

LL.M. Candidate Kael Bowling wins Food Safety Champion Award

Kael Bowling and Frank Yiannas
LL.M. Candidate Kael Bowling was recently given a Food Safety Champion award for his work researching industry initiatives for Walmart Food Safety & Health. Kael was selected to participate in an externship during the fall semester serving under Senior Manager of Food Labeling, Amy White, who is also an alumna of the program. Kael is pictured with Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety. Congratulations Kael!