UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Ross Pifer, clinical professor and director of the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law at Penn State Law, recently presented at the Fourth Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law conference in Memphis, Tennessee.
This year’s conference was held at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis on June 9. In his presentation, Pifer discussed current issues in agricultural and shale law including GMO labeling & disclosure, industrial hemp, “ag-gag” statutes, pipeline development, and the EPA hydraulic fracturing study. Other topics presented at the conference included estate planning, agricultural lending, USDA Conservation Program compliance, and compensatory mitigation in land use.
The conference was sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium, of which the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law is a member. The center’s partners in the consortium include the National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law, the Agricultural and Resource Law program at the Ohio State University. The Consortium is led by the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas. The purpose of the consortium is to deliver agricultural and food law research and information in an objective and timely manner to professionals involved in agriculture and aquaculture fields.
The conference was attended by legal practitioners, academics, and other agricultural professionals from across the country. Work by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch project number 1005058, through a formal partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.