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    Food and Resource Economics Department

    Food and Resource Economics Department



The vision of the UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law is to develop, implement and maintain teaching and extension service activities which address law topics of importance to Florida's agricultural future.

The Center combines education in law and science to prepare students and agriculturists with timely and appropriate information for framing and putting into action environmentally sound, socially acceptable and economically feasible agricultural practices in the production of food and fiber.

In the 21st century, we will be looking at new challenges for Florida agriculture including issues such as:

  • water quality
  • water supply
  • biotechnology
  • environmental impacts and audits
  • food safety
  • farm labor
  • growth management
  • tax laws
  • agricultural chemicals
  • sustainable agriculture

Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law activities:

  • Offering the nation's first agricultural law minor for undergraduate students
  • Offering graduate agricultural law courses in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Providing extension programs for farmers, ranchers and rural residents
  • Providing extension programs via distance education opportunities
  • Providing publications on our website that are readily and easily accessible
  • Conducting research on legal topics of importance to Florida agriculture
  • Establishing research liaison with other land-grant universities
  • Providing programs for agricultural educators emphasizing laws and regulations affecting Florida agriculture
  • Providing in-service training and short courses on a wide range of legal topics
  • Developing educational materials for youth in FFA and 4-H programs
  • Participating in FFA and 4-H programs

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Ag Law Areas


Michael T. Olexa, Director Ph.D., J.D.
Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law
Food and Resource Economics Department
Room 2126 McCarty Hall B
University of Florida/IFAS
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone:  352-294-7693