Research and outreach in agricultural, environmental, and food policy and law focus on critical issues that have a significant impact in the United States, the European Union, and other regions of the world. These include federal farm programs, land use, conservation and environmental protection, regulation of biofuels and new technologies, marketing of agricultural products, food safety and labeling, nutrition and obesity, and many other critical subjects.


The Bock Program

The Bock Program studies emerging topics in food and agricultural law with the goal of providing critical legal and policy analysis to inform better decision making and government policy.

Gardner Agriculture Policy Program

The Gardner Agriculture Policy Program coordinates and prioritizes analytical and outreach efforts for farm, conservation and international trade policies, elevating the University of Illinois’ voice in the national debate.  

Policy Design Lab

The Policy Design Lab is a collaboration with ACES Office of Research, iSEE, and NCSA, that develops unique capabilities to translate, apply, and integrate research from multiple disciplines to the evaluation of existing federal policy and to the development of federal policy concepts or ideas, beginning with agricultural conservation, sustainability, and climate change through the Farm Bill Mapping Initiative.

Faculty working in this area: