INDIANAPOLIS — Two Hoosier schools are working together to launch a program that will focus on agriculture law.

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in cooperation with Purdue University is establishing the ag law curriculum.

Amy Cornell, a 2006 graduate of IU McKinney and a graduate of Purdue, has been retained as a consultant and will assemble a steering committee to build the program.

Cornell has an extensive background in agriculture law and earned a master’s of law in agricultural and food law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

She is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association and served as policy adviser and counsel for Indiana Farm Bureau before joining the government relations and strategic communications firm Bose Public Affairs Group.

Cornell has served there since 2016, is of counsel in the firm’s agribusiness group and was named vice president in September.

“Over the course of two years, the steering committee will design what courses the program will be and what the outcome will be for students enrolled and what possible degrees can be earned,” she explained.

Cornell noted that while both schools offer agriculture law courses, neither of them have a program that focuses just on agriculture law, where individuals can earn a certificate specifically for ag law.

Critical Need

The goal, she said, is to officially launch the program in 2019, but once the steering committee is up and running, they will better be able to determine how much time will be needed to research and put the program together.

Cornell added that a program that specifically focuses on certifying individuals in ag law is vital because the agriculture industry is a specialized field that changes quickly, so agriculture lawyers need schooling that will help them better understand what their clients need.

“As a farmer’s daughter, I am passionate to make sure there are programs available to train people in the area specifically, so they can help family farms and agribusiness to continue to grow,” she said.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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