Monday, August 28, 2006

Introducing Agricultural Law

    

In the inaugural post of what has become the Jurisdynamics Network, the blog called Jurisdynamics laid claim to a view of law "so vast that fully to comprehend it would require an almost universal knowledge ranging from" economics and the natural sciences "to the niceties of the legislative, judicial and administrative processes of government." Queensboro Farms Prods., Inc. v. Wickard, 137 F.2d 969, 975 (2d Cir. 1943). Careful students of the New Deal will recognize Queensboro Farms as the handiwork of Judge Jerome Frank and the real controversy in that case as a dispute over milk. From dairy production to the incipient industry of biopharming, agriculture does indeed traverse "an almost universal knowledge" of all that touches humanity and its relationship with the rest of the living world.

Agriculture, more than any other single human enterprise, demands mastery of virtually every field of learning. The sheer complexity and difficulty of the field does not evaporate when the law engages agriculture. No other single field of law traverses as many different sources of learning -- legal and nonlegal.

This weblog, Agricultural Law, wholeheartedly embraces the challenge presented by agriculture and its interaction with the law. It can be reached in any of the following ways:However you choose to find Agricultural Law, we welcome you and invite your readership and commentary. We hope that you will visit often.

Editor's note: The three images illustrating this post, all drawn from the Wikipedia Commons, also appear in Agricultural Law's header. In succession, these images represent:
  • Plowing with a team of horses in Germany
  • Maintaining a rice field in Bangladesh
  • Harvesting wheat in Washington state
The images thus cover a single agricultural production cycle even as they represent three major agricultural regions -- Europe, Asia, and North America.

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