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Counseling the Local Food Movement in New York (Part 2)

(126 reviews)

Produced on November 18, 2013

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$ 89 Law Practice Management, Science & Technology, Life Sciences, and Food, Beverage, & Agriculture In Stock

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Course Description

After viewing Part 1 of Cari Rincker’s series on “Counseling the Local Food Movement in New York,” attorneys will gain a deeper understanding of the laws affecting the local food movement in NY, in advance of their eventual application of these laws as newly crowned or recently advanced agriculture law attorneys.


Among the areas of law to be discussed within the course are: urban and suburban agriculture; on-farm poultry slaughter; agriculture districts and the right-to-farm law; labor law; regulation of meat and eggs sold in intrastate commerce in New York; and, the National Organic Program. In their totality, Parts 1 & 2 of this course will give attorneys a greater understanding of the myriad of legal issues affecting the local food movement.

Learning Objectives:       

I.     Identify potential land use and zoning issues affecting urban and suburban agriculture

II.    Consider agriculture districts in New York and applicability of the Right-to-Farm law

III.   Defend a Right-to-Farm law case through the NY State Agriculture Mediation Program (“NYSAMP”)

IV.   Abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) minimum wage requirements

V.    Distinguish volunteers and employees as per “FLSA” minimum wage requirements

VI.   Advise farms and agri-businesses on intern, apprenticeship and volunteer labor standards

VII.  Understand then regulatory framework for meat and eggs sold only in New York

VIII. Decipher the laws affecting on-farm poultry slaughter in New York

IX.   Read and apply the National Organic Program and its application procedures.


Cari Rincker

Rincker Law, PLLC

 Cari Rincker is the owner of Rincker Law, PLLC, a national general practice law firm concentrating in food and agriculture law. She is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Washington D.C. She is currently the Chair of the American Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division’s Agriculture Law Committee and serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Agriculture & Rural Issues Committee. She is a prolific writer and blogger on a myriad of food and agriculture law topics and has been recognized as an author of a Top 100 Blawg from the American Bar Association. She recently co-authored a book with Pat Dillon titled “Field Manual: Legal Guide for New York Farmers & Food Entrepreneurs.”

Cari’s passion for agriculture issues is deeply rooted. She grew up on a seedstock Simmental cattle operation in Shelbyville, Illinois where she spent significant time working on her family’s farm. Cari went on to receive her Associate in Agriculture Science from Lake Land College and Bachelors of Science from Texas A & M University, where she had a successful career livestock judging at the collegiate level. Afterwards, Cari went back home to the University of Illinois to complete her Masters of Science in Ruminant Nutrition. Due to her passion for agriculture law and policy, Cari decided to complete her Juris Doctor from Pace University, School of Law, in White Plains, New York. At Pace, Cari completed certificates in both Environmental Law and International Law.

Cari continues to have her boots planted firmly in agriculture –she enjoys judging livestock shows around the country and is the co-owner of Rincker Cattle Co., a SimAngus operation in Shelbyville, Illinois. She is the Past-President and Founding Member of New York Agri-Women, a Director for the New York Simmental Association, and Past-Secretary of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Young Producers' Council. Cari is a recognized leader in the agriculture industry and the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Early Career Award from Texas A & M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from Lake Land College, the 2010 Vision Award from American Agri-Women and has been twice selected by the livestock industry as the “Best Agriculture Lawyer” in the Best of the Barns Competition.


James V.

Excellent presentation. The written materials are very helpful.

Alex K.

Very good 2 part course.

Allen B.

Very thorough and useful presentation on, so to speak, the parts of farming that have to be licensed. Particularly for New York State. The presenter has a point about the City of Syracuse's odd position on the wildness of domestic cattle.

amy l.

excellent program!

David E. S.

Good primer on a topic more vast than I imagined!



Ruth R.

An excellent job, presentation. I tis obvious that this practitioner is serious and dedicated to her practice areas and to sharing her extensive knowledge and experience with other practitioners. Great!

Karl O.

Good overview of the topics.

Cristina S.

Good speaker!

Wil H.

I enjoyed the sections on organic labeling and animal zoning.

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