Terry CentnerProfessor of Practice


103C Filley Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0922

Photo Terry Centner

Research Interests

Agricultural and environmental law


LL.M. in Agricultural Law, University of Arkansas

J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

B.S. with Distinction, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Cornell University


Professor Centner’s research focuses on the agricultural-environmental interface looking at current issues from a scientific and legal perspective. Prior to joining UNL, Professor Centner taught at the University of Georgia. During his tenure at Georgia, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung research scholar at the University of Göttingen (Germany), Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Mannheim (Germany), Professor at the University of New Orleans Innsbruck Summer School (Austria), Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor at the University of Aberdeen (UK), and lecturer at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland). He has published more than 160 scientific papers and law review articles, and has lectured in 50 countries around the world. He has also published four books.

Professor Centner served as president of the American Agricultural Law Association and received the association’s Distinguished Service Award. Under the auspices of Great Plains AG*IDEA, an interactive distance education alliance, he helped develop an online agricultural law certificate. In 2015, he was awarded the Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in University Teaching Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Centner, Terence J., Consumers, Meat and Animal Products: Policies, Regulations and Marketing (Routledge, 2019).

Centner, Terence J.,Environmental Law and the Protection of People (Cognella Publishing (2d Ed. 2018).

Centner, Terence J., America's Blame Culture: Pointing Fingers and Shunning Restitution (Carolina Academic Press, 2008).

Centner, Terence J., Empty Pastures: Confined Animals and the Transformation of the Rural Landscape (University of Illinois Press, 2004).

Selected Journal Articles

Centner, T.J., L. Russell, and M. Mays, Viewing evidence of harm accompanying uses of glyphosate-based herbicides under US legal requirements, Science of the Total Environment 658(2018):609-617.

Centner, T.J., B. Brewer, and I. Leal, Reducing the risks posed by sulfoxaflor use to increase the protection of pollinator species. Land Use Policy 75(2018):70-76.

Centner, T.J., and L. Petetin, Divergent Approaches Regulating Beta Agonists and Cloning of Food Animals: United States and European Union. Society & Animals 26(2018):1-20.

Centner, T.J., Differentiating Animal Products Based on Production Technologies and Preventing Fraud, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law 22,2(2017):267-291.

Centner, T.J., Cancelling pesticide registrations and revoking tolerances: the case of chlorpyrifos, Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology 56(2018):53-61.

Centner, T.J., Observations on risks, the social sciences, and unconventional hydrocarbons, Energy Research and Social Sciences 20(2016):1-7.

Centner, T.J., and M.R. Grossman, Recent Developments in Rural Law in the United States, Agrarisch Recht 77,10(2017):505-515.

Palardy, N., and T.J. Centner, Improvements in pesticide drift reduction technology (DRT) call for improving liability provisions to offer incentives for adoption, Land Use Policy 69(2017):439-44.

Centner, T.J., Efforts to slacken antibiotic resistance: Labeling meat products from animals raised without antibiotics in the United States, Science of the Total Environment 563(2016):1088-1094.

Centner, T.J., Recent government regulations in the United States seek to ensure the effectiveness of antibiotics by limiting their agricultural use, Environment International 94(2016):1-7.

Centner, T.J., and N.S. Eberhart, The Use of Best Management Practices to Respond to Externalities from Developing Shale Gas Resources, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 59,4(2016):746-768.

Centner, T.J., and L. Petetin, Permitting Program with Best Management Practices for Shale Gas Wells to Safeguard Public Health, Journal of Environmental Management 163(2015):174-183.

Centner, T.J., and G. Kostandini, Local Governments Want Authority to Address Problems: The Case of Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States, Land Use Policy 37(2015):227-335.

Centner, T.J., and J.E. Alcorn, Preemption of Local Governmental Ordinances Regulating Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in the United States, Environment and Pollution 4,2(2015):66-76.

Centner, T.J., and R.M. Shuman, Governmental Provisions to Manage and Eradicate Feral Swine in Areas of the United States, AMBIO 44,2 (2015):121-130.

Centner, T.J., J.C. Alvey, and A.M. Stelzleni, Beta Agonists in Livestock Feed: Status, Health Concerns, and International Trade, Journal of Animal Science 92(2014):4234-4240.

Centner, T.J., and N.S. Eberhart, Requiring Pollutant Discharge Permits for Pesticide Applications that Deposit Residues in Surface Waters, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11(2014):4978-4990.

Centner, T.J., and L.K. O’Connell, Unfinished Business in the Regulation of Shale Gas Production in the United States, Science of the Total Environment 476-477(2014):359-367.

Centner, T.J., Damages from Pesticide Spray Drift under Trespass Law, Ecology Law Currents 41(2014):1-17.

Centner, T.J., G. Colson, and A. Lawrence, Assigning Liability for Pesticide Spray Drift, Land Use Policy 36(2014):83-88.