Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New LL.M. Faculty Member Poppy Davis

Poppy Davis joins University of Arkansas

We are pleased to announce that Poppy Davis will join us for the spring 2017 academic term as an Adjunct Professor, teaching a new online course in Agricultural Income Tax for the LL.M. Program.

The course is a survey to introduce common topics in taxation of for farmers and ranchers that covers the basic structure of federal income taxation, common structures of farming and ranching businesses, tax qualities of income and expense, and special topics such as value-added production, self-constructed assets, cooperatives and associations. The emphasis will be on familiarity with major areas of agricultural taxation and awareness of important differences between agricultural taxation and other business types, rather than mastery of particular topics. 

Poppy teaches and advises on agricultural business and policy issues affecting family-scale farms and ranches and non-profits working in food and farming. She provides individual and group training and technical assistance to on a variety of issues including business formation, land tenure, credit, cash flow, taxation, legal liability, including regulatory compliance, and marketing. She also sets up accounting, inventory and budget systems for business and non-profits. She has ongoing affiliations with the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, California Farm Link, the Center for Land Based Learning’s California Farm Academy, The Hopi Foundation, The National Farmers Union Beginning Farmer Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Farm Apprentice Program. 

Poppy began her career as a California Certified Public Accountant working in small accounting firms with an emphasis on family-scale farms and ranches and related estates, business, and nonprofit organizations. She translated her intimate knowledge of agricultural issues and farm-family decision-making to the policy arena, working for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), first for the crop insurance program in the Western Region and most recently as the National Program Leader for Small Farms and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers in Washington, D.C. While at the USDA she served as a member of the management team for Secretary Vilsack’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative, and co-founded the USDA 4 Veterans, Reservists & Military Families, and Women and Working Lands workgroups. 

Poppy holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis, a Masters in Journalism from Georgetown University, and a Juris Doctor with a certificate in Agricultural Law from Drake University Law School. Poppy is also a past fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program (Class 35).
Poppy Davis Joins University of Arkansas School of Law

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