Dr. Michael T. Olexa
Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Professor and Center Director
Following military service, Michael Olexa received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology. On completion of post-doctoral work in biological pest control of invasive plant species, he entered and completed law school and was admitted to The Florida Bar. He has served as a policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary, USDA, Chair of the Executive Council of the Solo and Small Firm Section of The Florida Bar and Interim Department Chair of the UF/IFAS Agricultural Education and Communications Department. He currently serves as Chair of the Agricultural Law Committee of The Florida Bar, Director of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law and teaches in both the UF Colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the UF Levin College of Law.
Research addresses issues of law and science regarding agriculture and natural resource policy.
Extension focuses on the development of law publications for dissemination through the Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS). The objective of these publications is in addressing agricultural and natural resource laws and regulations governing agricultural production, natural resource management and environmental protection.
Teaching objectives in both the Colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the UF Levin College of Law are designed to prepare students with timely and appropriate information for addressing real world problems in implementing environmentally sound, socially acceptable and economically feasible agricultural practices in the production of food, fiber and fuel. At the undergraduate level, he is responsible for oversight of the Undergraduate Minor in Agricultural and Natural Resource Law and teaching the core courses within that minor.
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