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How to Start and Grow a Food and Agriculture Law Practice

(224 reviews)

Produced on September 26, 2013

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$ 59 Law Practice Management, Science & Technology, Life Sciences, and Food, Beverage, & Agriculture In Stock

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Course Description

Food and agriculture law are growing practice areas throughout the country.  The purpose of this program is to give an overview of the definition of food and agriculture law and discuss the regulatory system affecting food and agriculture.  This program is likewise designed to help attorneys grow a ‘food and agriculture law’ practice by introducing them  to the fundamental building blocks upon which similar successful practices have been perched, and the unique culture of the industry.  This course will be the first in a series of programs on food and agriculture law.


Learning Objectives:

I.    Distinguish the various industry-based practice areas of food and agriculture law

II.   Identify the sub-practice areas in food and agriculture law that may be of interest

III.  Ethically brand oneself as a food and agriculture attorney

IV.  Utilize legal organizations that offer support for food and agriculture lawyers

V.   Survey farmers, agri-business owners and food entrepreneurs to create a more responsive practice

VI.  Identify the primary legal needs of food and agriculture industry


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.


Precious B.

I am looking to do something similar with a funeral law practice. Like with Ag Law, Funeral Law would touch on many different areas of law. Nice to hear that this can be done successfully.

Rose L.

Good survey results breakdown for those debating starting a practice in general.

William H.

Ms. Rincker provides very practical and straight forward advice.

Jason H.

Educators was quite knowledgeable. Cari was also a welcoming attorney.

Matthew D.

Overall good. I would recommend this program to another attorney if she was interested in ag law.

Alan F.

Cari gave a huge amount of practical information and insight. Great job!

Ruth R.

Food and Agriculture law is probably one of the most relevant to our daily lives, as it impacts every aspect. I would like to see more courses offered in areas of the law directly and indirectly related to this area. This was a a very good presentatio

Greg D.

Excellent presentation, but could have been much longer.

Emilee M.

fantastic presentation on marketing ideas and input from farmers on what they want from their representation.

Miriam S.

Excellent program

Stephanie B.

Very interesting! I learned a lot!

Anna J.

I enjoyed seeing a topic on a unique area of law.

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