The Dept. of FARE invites you to attend the following seminar:


 Speaker:  Prof. Jesse Richardson, Jr., West Virginia University College of Law

Date:  Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Time:  3:00-4:30 pm

Room:  101, JD MacLachlan Building

About the Speaker:

Jesse holds a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from the University of Virginia College of Law.  He practiced law in his hometown of Winchester, Virginia prior to being appointed to the faculty of the Urban Affairs and Planning Department at Virginia.  He came to West Virginia University College of Law in 2012 and is the Lead Land Use Attorney for the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic.


Changing land tenure patterns are considered as important as soil conservation programs in stopping serious rates of soil erosion.  This presentation looks at three of the major situations that introduce uncertainty into land tenure (leases, conservation easements and heirs property) and the impact of this uncertainty on the implementation of conservation practices in agriculture.  Policy changes are suggested to bring more certainty, and to encourage more sustainable agricultural practices.