Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Online Global Food Law course: Agriculture Special Topics: Pesticides, Fertilizer, and Conservation

The Master Program Global Food Law has a new course this summer:

Agriculture Special Topics: Pesticides, Fertilizer, and Conservation (LAW 566R)

Course Description
Students will learn about the regulatory framework related to two of the major inputs used by the agriculture industry – pesticides and fertilizers. They will look at the federal and state regulations covering the manufacturing, storage, and use of these products, safety issues, and conservation practices designed to minimize their impact to the environment. They will also look at enforcement issues and litigation involving pesticides and fertilizers.

Bradley Deacon is the emergency management and administrative law coordinator for the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. He has undergraduate and law degrees from Michigan State University, and spent a year studying in Germany on a Fulbright grant. Upon returning, he worked on the family farm until heading to Lansing in 1995 for a position in the Office of the Governor. Deacon served as the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development’s legislative liaison and regulatory affairs officer for six years, and has been in his current position since 2004. He works on emergency coordination and planning for all of the department’s programs and issues, including agro-terrorism; animal health; foreign animal diseases; pets and other animals in emergencies; food safety; food protection and defense; continuity of the food supply; invasive pests and plant diseases; agri-chemical security; emergency planning and bio-security at farms, fairs, and festivals; environmental hazard mitigation on farms; laboratory sampling; fuel shortages; emergency communications; and continuity of government.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Explore online graduate degrees in Global Food Law from the nation's premier food university, Michigan State University.

Apply now for the summer or fall semester at
  • Get the tools you need to navigate a rapidly changing industry.
  • Flexible online program for lawyers and food industry professionals.
  • Applied courses in global food law and regulation taught by expert MSU faculty and practitioners. 
Summer semester: Application deadline is April 1, 2015. Classes begin May 18.
Fall semester: Application deadline is June 1, 2015. Classes begin August 17.

Summer 2015 course offerings:
  • Agriculture Special Topics: Pesticides, Fertilizer and Conservation
  • Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture
  • Food Regulations in Asia
Full curriculum and course descriptions available at

Tuition is $950 per credit hour. M.J. students must complete a minimum of 26 credits to graduate. LL.M. students with a J.D. must complete 24 credits to graduate.

Ready to apply? Apply online at

Questions? Please contact Andrea Besley, Global Food Law Program Coordinator, at or 517-432-6963.

Through our M.J. program, food industry professionals who do not have a law degree gain an understanding of common legal and regulatory issues.
Through our LL.M. program, associate attorneys who are new to food law can quickly gain the background to research food law issues and at a flexible pace with convenient hours. Seasoned attorneys can both refresh their knowledge on substantive law topics and receive updates on developments in global food law. 

MSU College of Law Global Food Law Programs
648 North Shaw Lane, Room 364
East Lansing, MI USA 48824

Monday, January 12, 2015

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions

The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) is now accepting papers for the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions. FDLI sponsors the competitions to engage law students interested in food and drug law.

There are two competitions - one for papers with a maximum of 40 pages, and one for papers between 41 and 100 pages. Winning papers are considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal.  Two prizes will be awarded for each of the two competitions: • 1st place - $4,000 • 2nd place - $1,000

All competition details are available online.  Deadline: First Friday of June, 2015

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Congratulation to Prof. Alemmano

Congratulations to Professor Alberto Alemanno! Well deserved.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Opening for Instructor | Institute for Food Laws and Regulations

The Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking an energetic, experienced individual to teach an online course, Food Regulation in Canada. The course is taught completely via the Internet on Michigan State University’s online learning management system. 

More information is available at: 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

HACCP Certification Short Course at MSU

To all interested in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Certification, the following course will be offered on Monday and Tuesday, November 24-25, 2014:


This course is a certificate training and is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance. COURSE DIRECTORS: Dr. Jeannine Schweihofer, Dr. Les Bourquin, Dr. Kirk Dolan, Dr. John Partridge

Registration is available at the following website.

Those interested in taking the course of one credit of FSC 490 may register at the student rate ($175 + cost of credit), need to contact Dr. John A. Partridge, Food Science Advisor, Michigan State University, 517/353-3320;

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Agricultural Law Symposium, November 7

The Agricultural Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will be hosting an Agricultural Law Symposium on Friday, November 7th, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, in the Castle Board Room, Law College Building, Michigan State University. 

The purpose of the symposium is to encourage student contribution to the field of agricultural and food law by providing a forum for students to present papers to professionals in the agricultural and food law community. Light lunch will be served. Please email if you plan to attend.

More information is available at:

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