May 21, 2007
Beginning this fall HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, will offer a business law class focused on the unique legal environment in Pennsylvania that farmers and the agribusiness industry are facing. Held on HACC's Lancaster Campus, the course will explain how to incorporate the legal aspects of agribusiness into ongoing planning and management, as well as explore legal issues surrounding real estate, contracts, criminal matters and more.

Al Wenger, adjunct faculty, Business, Hospitality, Engineering and Technology, believes the course has a unique focus for those interested in agriculture.

"The course will emphasize Pennsylvania agricultural law with a focus on the environment, local ordinance and governance issues," he said. "It is particularly well targeted for agribusiness program majors, as well as community leaders and individuals in the profession."

Students will learn how Federal legislation-such as the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts-affects how farms are managed in Central Pennsylvania. They also will develop an understanding for the application of Department of Environmental Protection regulation and township governance on local ordinance and permitting issues.

Teaching the course will be a local agricultural attorney who brings his legal expertise, years of family farming and local government service to the classroom. Because of his perspective and the course content, no previous law or other educational prerequisites are required for registration.

"It is a course that anyone-whether agribusiness students or someone already in the industry who may need an educational update to deal with specific areas of expertise-could take and come away with a much more effective idea of agricultural law and how it pertains to the agribusiness community in the state and in general," adds Wenger.

The class will be held on Tuesdays from 6 to 9:05 p.m., September 4 through December 11, on HACC's Lancaster Campus, East Building, Room 328. For more information, contact Al Wenger, HACC agribusiness coordinator, at 361-8083, by email at or the HACC Lancaster Campus, Mike Corradino, assistant dean for Academic Affairs, at 358-2982, by email at

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