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  • Agricultural Law Research Center

About the Center

Background

Penn State Law has conducted agricultural law outreach activities since the time of the merger between Penn State University and the Dickinson School of Law.  These activities originally were conducted through the name of the Agricultural Law Research and Education Center.  Subsequently, the Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center Act, 3 PA. STAT. §§ 2201 – 2009, and all Penn State Law agricultural law outreach activities were then conducted through the name of the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center. 

The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center 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.  Because of the significant impact that shale development has had upon agricultural stakeholders, the Center has conducted extensive work in shale law.  Currently, research and outreach related to shale law comprises a substantial component of the Center’s overall work portfolio. 

Membership in National Agricultural and Food Law Consortium

The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center 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 Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
329 Innovation Blvd., Suite 118
University Park, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 865-4290
Fax: (814) 865-3851
Professor Ross Pifer, Center Director
Phone: (814) 865-3723
Email: rpifer@psu.edu