The Master Program Global Food Law has a new course this summer:
Agriculture Special Topics: Pesticides, Fertilizer, and Conservation (LAW 566R)
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.
Instructor: Bradley Deacon, Adjunct Professor
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.