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Bradley N. Deacon

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Bradley Deacon is the emergency management and administrative law coordinator for the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. He has undergraduate and law degrees from Michigan State University, and spent a year studying in Germany on a Fulbright grant. Upon returning, he worked on the family farm until heading to Lansing in 1995 for a position in the Office of the Governor.

Deacon served as the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development’s legislative liaison and regulatory affairs officer for six years, and has been in his current position since 2004. He works on emergency coordination and planning for all of the department’s programs and issues, including agro-terrorism; animal health; foreign animal diseases; pets and other animals in emergencies; food safety; food protection and defense; continuity of the food supply; invasive pests and plant diseases; agri-chemical security; emergency planning and bio-security at farms, fairs, and festivals; environmental hazard mitigation on farms; laboratory sampling; fuel shortages; emergency communications; and continuity of government. He co-chairs the Michigan Food & Agriculture Protection and Defense Working Group, and represents the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Homeland Security Preparedness Committee, the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council, and the State Animal Response Team board.

J.D. 2004, magna cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law; B.A. 1993, with honors, Michigan State University

  • Agricultural Law
    Students will learn about the regulatory framework of the food and agriculture sector at the federal, state, and local levels and how the application of this framework impacts all citizens. This includes the production, processing, and distribution of food, fiber, and other products that make up a large portion of the economies of the nation and the State of Michigan. Students will learn about the origins and impacts of these regulatory components and how evolving trends and public opinion are changing the food and agriculture sector


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