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Student Agricultural Law Symposium
Date: November 7, 2014
Location: Michigan State University College of Law, 648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Students are invited to submit a paper 20/30 pages in length (minimum 5000 words) on an agricultural or food law topic. Students may submit a paper written for a law school seminar or directed research. A review committee will review and select the best papers evidencing relevancy to Michigan agriculture and food industry, quality of research and writing clarity. Students who submitted the top papers will be invited to present at the symposium. More Information & Submission Guidelines
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.
||Meeting: Election of Officers and Council; Other Business
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Chair Kristiana M. Coutu at email@example.com or (269) 330-4576.
Publication Committee Teleconferences
Contact Sally Babbitt firstname.lastname@example.org for call-in information.
June 24, 2014, 9 a.m.
August 26, 2014, 9 a.m.
September 30, 2014, 9 a.m.