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Indiana Ag Law Foundation hires director

—By Hannah Klare
Public Relations Intern

John Shoup

John Shoup has recently been named the in-house director of the Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation.

In 2005, Indiana Farm Bureau established the IALF as a charitable organization promoting a better understanding to the agricultural community of legal issues that directly affect them. Although a separate entity, Indiana Farm Bureau has been supportive of the IALF since its creation.

The mission of IALF is to develop legal and policy initiatives that support the advancement of agricultural enterprises in Indiana. The IALF focuses on educational programs and the distribution of materials for a wide range of farmers, landowners and attorneys regarding legal issues that impact agriculture and rural communities. The IALF may also support litigation to help educate the court on a resolution of a case which would be precedent setting and favorable to agriculture.

As the director of IALF, Shoup “will bring additional focus to the strategic planning, educational programming and fundraising efforts of the IALF,” said Mark Thornburg, director of legal affairs at Indiana Farm Bureau.

Shoup earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Butler University and continued his education at the Drake Law School in Iowa with a concentration in agricultural law. After graduating, he returned to his family’s swine genetics company, Premier Pork Systems, as corporate counsel and general manager. He has worked as an attorney in private practice since 2007 with Ryan, Moore & Cook.

Shoup currently serves on the Ivy Tech Community College Regional Board of Directors, is a member of the agricultural law section of the Indiana State Bar Association and president of the Clinton County Community Foundation. In the past, he was the president of the Clinton County Bar Association and was the 2008 Clinton County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Shoup enjoys running, playing tennis and following college sports. He resides in Clinton County with his wife, Sonya, 10-year-old son, Jake and 4-year-old son, Jackson.

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