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Kirstin Nelson presents at 2016 AALL annual meeting

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Kirstin Nelson, a law librarian for LAC Federal on assignment at USDA’s National Agricultural Library, presented a poster at the 2016 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting in Chicago.

Kirstin’s poster highlighted the Agricultural Law Information Partnership, created by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (aka the ‘Farm Bill’) to disseminate “objective, scholarly, and authoritative agricultural and food law research, legal tools, and legal information.” In order to meet this objective, the NAL partnered with two key institutions: The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at the Vermont Law School, and the National Agricultural Law Center, part of the University of Arkansas system. The purpose of Kirstin’s poster was to raise awareness about the Program and to make new connections with members of AALL interested in agricultural law. The Partnership’s information resources touch upon many areas of agricultural law, such as Agricultural Technology, Animal Welfare, Environmental Law, Food and Nutrition, and Farms and Farming Systems. It supports many projects, including the compilation of online legal materials, presentation of monthly webinars, organization of a regional annual conference, and the creation of legal infographics and legal toolkits. Specific projects include:

  • The Ag & Food Law Blog, daily summary of judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food;
  • Farmland Tenure Resources Guide, a compilation of existing on-line legal resources for the New England region;
  • The National Gleaning Project, which provides resources on the collection of excess fresh food to distribute to those in need;

and many others. Kirstin reported that AALL was a tremendous opportunity for outreach, as many people were not aware of the Agricultural Law Information Partnership and requested more information. AALL also gave Kirstin an opportunity to meet several of her LAC colleagues during the cocktail reception sponsored by LAC Group.

More information about the Partnership can be obtained by visiting the website at https://www.nal.usda.gov/aglaw/agricultural-law-information-partnership.