• Agricultural Law Research Center

About the Center


The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law conducts cutting-edge research on current and emerging legal issues of interest to the international agricultural business community and disseminates relevant information to a wide variety of stakeholders including agricultural producers, business professionals, judges, attorneys, legislators, government officials, community groups, and the general public.  Additionally, because of the significant effect that shale development has had upon many agricultural stakeholders, the Center also provides extensive research and outreach regarding relevant shale legal issues.   

Membership in National Agricultural and Food Law Consortium

The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law is one of four members of the recently established National Agricultural and Food Law Consortium.  The other Consortium members are the National Agricultural Law Center, a unit of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture; the National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law; and the Agricultural and Resource Law Program at the Ohio State University.  The work of the Consortium is supported by a multi-year grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library, an entity within the Agricultural Research Service.

Consortium members work together to develop programs to expand the reach of objective agricultural law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community of producers; state and federal policymakers; attorneys; Cooperative Extension Service professionals; and others at the state, regional, and national levels. The scope of the Consortium includes land-based food, fiber, and energy production systems as well as seafood and marine-based production via aquaculture.  Each of the Consortium members brings expertise within specifically defined areas for the benefit of the Consortium. 

Additional information about the consortium is available online at nationalaglawcenter.org/consortium.

Consortium member information is available online at The National Ag Law Center, The National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law, and The Agricultural and Resource Program at the Ohio State University

Contact Information


The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law
Penn State Law
The Pennsylvania State University
329 Innovation Blvd., Suite 118
University Park, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 865-4290
Fax: (814) 865-3851

Professional Staff

Professor Ross Pifer, Center Director
Phone: (814) 865-3723
Email: rpifer@psu.edu

Sean High, Staff Attorney
Phone: (814) 865-5017
Email: mzh177@psu.edu

Chloe Marie, Research Fellow
Phone: (814) 867-0413

Email: cjm445@psu.edu



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