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Animal Agriculture
Federal Farm Policy
Genetically Modified Organisms
Keynote Address
Public Health
Vermont Agriculture
Water Quality

About the 2012 Conference

This conference marked the official launch of the law school's new Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, and brought national experts and leaders in the field together to address the major legal and policy issues related to agriculture and food systems. The conference featured speakers with diverse backgrounds, specialties, professions and points of view on issues concerning food and public health, sustainable animal agriculture, public regulation of genetically modified organisms, agriculture and water quality, localizing food, and the future of agriculture production nationally and here in Vermont.

About the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

Operating under the leadership of America's top-ranked environmental law program and nationally recognized faculty with deep expertise in our country's agriculture and food systems, the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School will train the next generation of legal advocates in the field, adding desperately needed resources to the communities and organizations working to address the special complexities posed by local, sustainable, community-based agriculture. Vermont Law School is uniquely poised to take on this challenge. Our state's tradition-rich small- and mid-scale farms are among national leaders in the effort to implement a sustainable system.

For more information, contact the Environmental Law Center's associate director at 802-831-1338.


2012 Conference Schedule

Welcome and Introductions

Marc Mihaly, President and Dean
Vermont Law School 

Agriculture and Water Quality

Robert Adler
James I. Farr Chair in Law
University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law

Jan Laitos
John A. Carver Jr. Professor of Law
University of Denver Sturm College of Law

David Mears JD/MSL ′91
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Public Health Issues Related to Food Production and Consumption

Laurie Beyranevand ′03
Associate Professor of Law
Vermont Law School

Lisa Heinzerling
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center

Dr. Urvashi Rangan
Director of the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group
Consumer Reports

Public Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms

Rebecca Bratspies
Professor of Law
CUNY School of Law

Dr. Margaret Mellon
Senior Scientist, Food and Environment Program
Union of Concerned Scientists

David Wirth
Boston College Law School 

Please join us for a delicious, locally sourced meal.

Keynote Address

Kathleen A. Merrigan
Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Sustainable Animal Agriculture

Dr. Lauren Gwin
Co-coordinator, Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network
Research Associate, Oregon State College of Agricultural Sciences

Michelle Nowlin
Senior Lecturing Fellow and Supervising Attorney for the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
Duke Law School

David Wolfson
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Coffee Break

The Future of Federal Farm Policy

Chris Adamo ′04
Staff Director
U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee

Helen Dombalis
Policy Associate
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Bill Eubanks LLM ′08
Associate, Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal
Summer Faculty, Vermont Law School

Vermont Agriculture: Creating a Prototype for the Nation

Tom Berry
Legislative Aide
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

Alison Hooper
Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery

Chuck Ross
Vermont Department of Agriculture

Helen Whybrow
Farm and Food Programs Manager
Center for Whole Communities

Clark Hinsdale
Vermont Farm Bureau