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National Experts to Explore Agriculture, Food Systems at VLS

September 17, 2012

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. -- Kathleen Merrigan, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department's chief policy manager for promoting local and regional food systems, will give the keynote address at Vermont Law School's inaugural Conference on Agriculture and Food Systems on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., is free and open to the public.Image of corn

The conference will bring together national experts to address the major legal and policy issues related to agriculture and food systems. It will feature speakers with diverse specialties and points of view on food and public health, sustainable animal agriculture, public regulation of genetically modified organisms, agriculture and water quality, localizing food and the future of agriculture production nationally and in Vermont. 

The conference also will highlight VLS's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, which was established last year to train the next generation of legal advocates to help communities and organizations address the complexities posed by local, sustainable, community-based agriculture.

CONTACT:   John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School

Office: 802-831-1106, cell: 540-798-7099, home: 802-649-2235,

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