Fall Updates

The Agricultural Law Center team has spent the fall engaging in political debate and educating the public about sustainability and conservation.

A Summary 

On October 3rd, Director Neil Hamilton moderated a debate with several candidates for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture at Iowa State University.  The debate was sponsored by the Association of Graduate Students in Sustainable Agriculture at ISU.

On October 10th, Hamilton returned to the ISU campus to deliver a lecture on “Our Water Our Land: Iowa’s Legacy of Leadership – Where are We Today?” as part of the ISU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lecture series.

On October 27th, Hamilton and Assistant Director and American Ag Law Association President Jennifer Zwagerman attended the AALA annual meeting in Portland on “Sustainability in Agriculture – Legal and Policy Considerations for Economic and Community Development.” Hamilton presented a paper on “Eight Steps to Understanding the Evolution of Sustainable Agriculture in the U.S.” The meeting was organized by Drake Ag Law alumna and AALA President-elect Amber Brady Miller. Mike Traxinger, also a Drake Ag Law alumnus, was announced as the next president.

On November 1st, the Center posted the 26th episode of Hamilton’s educational series Our Water Our Land.  This episode featured the legacy of Congressman John Lacey from Oskaloosa. Season One of the OWOL series will run through the end of November.

Looking Forward

The next episode of Our Water Our Land will feature Hamilton’s report on election results.