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 online 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 and 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 and 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

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