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Student Agricultural Law Symposium

    Date: November 7, 2014
    Time: 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
    Location: Michigan State University College of Law, 648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 (Parking is available in the Shaw Ramp which is next to MSU College of Law)

    Registration: The symposium is free and open to all. While there is no charge to attend the symposium, registration is requested for planning purposes. Please register by sending an email to

    To register, individuals can send an email to


    9:00 - 9:30 Meet & Greet (coffee & donuts)
    9:30 – 11:30 Student Presentations
    11:30 –12:30 Lunch; Presentation of Awards

    The purpose of the symposium is to encourage student contribution to the field of agricultural and food law by providing a forum for students to present papers to professionals in the agricultural and food law community. Students were invited to submit papers; students who submitted the top papers were invited to present at the symposium where a panel of judges made up of professionals in Michigan’s agricultural and food law community will choose a first, second and third place winner.


Annual Business Meeting & Program

This event is offered in conjunction with the Bar's Annual Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m.–Noon
Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
Registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Visit the Bar's Annual Meeting page for more details.

2014 Farm Bill & Farm-to-Table Issues
The 2014 farm bill and the farm-to-table legal issue will be discussed by professionals from Michigan agriculture and food industry groups, as well as government and agricultural and food law attorneys.


8:30–9:30 a.m. Meeting: Election of Officers and Council; Other Business
9:30 a.m.–Noon

Impact of the 2014 Farm Bill on Michigan Agriculture
Speakers will address significant provisions in the most recent farm bill.

Bob Boehm, Manager of Center for Commodity, Farm & Industry Relations, Michigan Farm Bureau

Sheila Burkhardt, Member Relations/Public Affairs, Michigan Milk Producers Association

Legal Issues Relating to Farm-to-Table

Tim Slawinski, Emerging Issues Specialist, Food & Dairy Division, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Discussing Michigan cottage food laws & the Food Safety Modernization Act

Hot Topics in Agricultural Law

Kimberly Clarke, Partner, Varnum, LLP
Discussing agricultural labor issues in Michigan and recent developments, including increase in use of H-2A labor and associated legal issues

Steven D. Weyhing, General Counsel, Paramount Coffee Co.
Discussing food labeling & packaging—the impact of POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola Co. (U.S. Supreme Court, June 12, 2014)

2014 Farm Bill

    By Kristiana Coutu

    The most recent farm bill, formally known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, has been several years in the making. When I decided to write this article, my idea was to articulate how the 2014 farm bill impacts Michigan agriculture. As I dug into the almost 1,000 pages of legislation, and poured over the more than 450 provisions relating to the various agricultural sectors, I was reminded of the vast diversity of Michigan's agricultural landscape in that virtually every provision of the Agricultural Act of 2014 impacts Michigan agriculture in some way. So, I adjusted the scope of my article and decided to touch on a few of the important provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill and provide links to resources that provide more detail. Read Article

Authors/Topics Needed for Food Law Issues

    The Food Committee of the Agricultural Law Section is seeking articles for publication on food law issues. If you are interested in writing an article, please send an e-mail with your name, proposed topic, and goal timing to Sarah Harwood at If you are not interested in writing an article, but have an idea for a topic you would be interested in reading about, the committee would also appreciate hearing your ideas.

    In addition, the Food Committee is in the process of planning future programs and would like to know what topics, speakers, and/or type of events members are interested in. Please e-mail your ideas to



  • For more information, contact Chair Kristiana M. Coutu at or (269) 330-4576.
  • Publication Committee Teleconferences
    Contact Sally Babbitt for call-in information.
    June 24, 2014, 9 a.m.
    August 26, 2014, 9 a.m.
    September 30, 2014, 9 a.m.




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