Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has extensive knowledge of, and experience with, all facets of food and agriculture policy—including domestic farm and nutrition programs, international trade and food aid, and foreign government policies—as well as established relationships with key officials and representatives in both government and related private organizations.
Our agricultural experience is strongest in three areas: domestic farm policy and commodity programs; U.S. nutrition and hunger policy, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) child nutrition and school lunch programs; and international trade policies affecting agriculture and food products—including the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Uruguay Round Agreement and Doha Development Agenda—and other international trade regimes. In addition, our agriculture team members have experience with regard to biofuels policy and conservation programs, and we work in collaboration with the lawyers in our food and drug law practice.
We work extensively with key Members of Congress and staff who serve on each of the relevant congressional committees—the Senate and House Agriculture committees; Senate and House Agriculture Appropriations subcommittees; Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; House Education and Labor Committee; Senate Finance Committee; and House Ways and Means Committee. At the USDA, we have worked closely with policymakers in the Food and Nutrition Service and within the Office of the Secretary.