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Donald L. Uchtmann

Biographical Sketch

Donald L. Uchtmann is a Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Law. He obtained his B.S. (with honors) in agricultural science from the University of Illinois. A Rotary Foundation Fellowship for International Understanding enabled him to study economic development at the University of Leeds, England, where he received his Master of Arts. His Juris Doctor, cum laude, was awarded in 1974 from The Cleveland State University.

In 1974 Uchtmann came to the U. of Ill. as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics with responsibilities in classroom teaching, research, and extension. He has published two textbooks, over 35 refereed articles, and is a respected teacher. He has been active in faculty governance, e.g., serving as Vice Chair of the Faculty-Student Senate in 1997-98.  Beyond the campus, he served as President of the American Agricultural Law Association in 2005-2006 and Chair of the Agricultural Law Section Council of the Ill. State Bar Association in 2006-07.

Uchtmann also served in academic leadership positions, e.g., interim Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics (Aug. 1987-Aug. 1988), interim Associate Dean of the College and Dir. of the Cooperative Extension Service (Aug. 1988-Jan. 1990), Associate Dean and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service (Jan. 1990-Jan. 1996), and Director of Federal Extension Relations (Jan. 1996 to Aug. 1996).  As Director of CES, he lead Illinois extension through a dynamic period of change, served as chair of the Extension Directors from the North Central States, and was elected to the National Extension Committee on Organization and Policy.

Uchtmann returned to the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics in August 1996. He has taught Agricultural Law and Rural Taxation, has assisted with courses on biotechnology, and has taught Veterinary Jurisprudence and a Freshman Discovery Course. His research in agricultural law focuses generally on legal issues in agricultural biotechnology, and his agricultural law extension program utilizes the World Wide Web and various continuing legal education forums. In August 2007, Uchtmann became Professor Emeritus and remains active in the department and in his professional community.

Throughout his academic career, Uchtmann has pursued international dimensions of Agricultural Law. He has presented papers, conducted research, or served as a consultant in many countries including Brazil, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, and Laos.

Among his recognitions are the College Young Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (1986); the American Agricultural Economics Association’s Distinguished Extension Program Award-Group (2002); the C-FAR Holt Achievement Award (2004); and the College Team Award for Excellence (2004) – the latter three being Group Recognitions shared with his farmdoc (www.farmdoc.illinois.edu) colleagues.


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