Six attorneys from Gislason & Hunter participated in an educational panel at Drake Agricultural Law Center for Agriculture Law Students on February 13, 2012 in Des Moines, IA.
The center is internationally recognized for providing opportunities to study how the legal system shapes our food system and influences the ability of the agricultural sector to produce market and utilize agricultural products. The Drake Law School supports an array of courses, publications, conferences, research initiatives and created a certification program in food and agricultural law. Students learn about legal issues involving the full scope of food and agriculture, including marketing and finance; biotechnology; international trade; tax planning; soil and water conservation; land use and environmental issues; food safety; and federal farm programs. The center also hosts international law scholars to study food and agricultural law and policy in the U.S.
For seventy five years the Gislason & Hunter firm has worked closely with the agriculture industry to represent the constituency in issues impacting the local family farm to large international agricultural entities. The attorneys participating on the Ag law panel all have an extensive background in agriculture law. The majority of those participating grew up on farms. Topics covered by the panel included:
Daryn McBeth the Executive Director of AgriGrowth and a graduate of the Drake Agricultural Law Center was also a member of the panel. Daryn provided an overview of his previous work as a lobbyist in Washington DC for the Ag Industry and his current work with AgriGrowth a trade group for all agricultural associations.
A reception followed the panel event allowing students time to ask questions and network with the attorneys.
Gislason Attorney Loree Nelson (Des Moines office) and Ag Law student Jesse Ramirez at the Reception
Drake Professor Neil D. Hamilton, Gislason & Hunter Attorney Gary Koch and Dean Allan Vestal at the Reception