ISU HIres New Faculty Member in Agricultural Law

July 23rd, 2004

Maynard Hogberg, Animal Science, (51A Kansas State University professor has been named to an agricultural law faculty position at Iowa State University.

Roger McEowen will be an associate professor of agricultural law in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies in ISU's College of Agriculture. He has been a faculty member and extension specialist in agricultural law and policy at Kansas State for 11 years.

Beginning Aug. 15, McEowen will take on many of the extension, teaching and research responsibilities held in the past by Neil Harl, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and a nationally prominent expert in agricultural law.

"Under Dr. Harl's guidance, Iowa State's agricultural law program has served Iowans well for many years. We welcome Dr. McEowen's leadership in continuing the excellence of this nationally recognized program," said Catherine Woteki, dean of the College of Agriculture.

More than half of McEowen's responsibilities will involve extension programming, including the Iowa Farm Income Tax Schools, an ISU program that has helped tax practitioners better understand rules and regulations for more than 30 years.

McEowen will devote the rest of his time to teaching and research, said Robert Martin, chair of the agricultural education and studies department. "Dr. McEowen is an excellent and timely fit for our students and for the Iowa educators we serve. Besides teaching a popular agricultural law course, he will add a law emphasis to a course in which undergraduates manage an ISU farm operation."

Martin added, "He also will strengthen agricultural curricula offered at high schools and community colleges on the complexities of the agricultural legal system. His contributions will help us fill a void in this important area."

McEowen is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the Nebraska State Bar Association, and worked for a Nebraska law firm prior to joining Kansas State. In 1998, he received the American Agricultural Law Association's Excellence for Professional Scholarship Award and in 2003 received the association's Distinguished Service Award. McEowen and Harl are co-authors of "Principles of Agricultural Law," a widely used textbook at universities and law schools.

McEowen earned his master's degree in agricultural economics at Iowa State. He earned a bachelor's degree in management from Purdue University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Drake University.


Editor's note: A digital photo of Roger McEowen is available by contacting Brian Meyer, listed above.5) 294-2160,
Rich Bundy, Agriculture Development, (515) 294-9088,
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