Of the 36,000,000 acres of land in Iowa, more than 33,000,000 acres are farmland. Iowa landowners include people who inherited the land, while others are new farmers who purchased farmland as an investment or as a rural residency. The Drake
As we look forward to 2018, there are many changes, concerns, and areas of uncertainty with potential effects on the food and agricultural industries and rural America. I have listed below a few of the key topics and issues I
My dad told me when he first started farming in the 1970s that he was making money and was proud to pay taxes. As the world changed, he realized the only way he could continue to farm was by figuring
My dad didn’t farm like my grandpa, and I don’t farm like my dad. For five generations, my family has been changing how we farm in Iowa and I fully expect the next five generations to keep changing as well.
My husband Pat and I bought a farm in 2005. In the first 5 years of owning our farm, we had more questions than we had answers. I grew up on a farm. Pat had spent his whole life in and around
The Drake University Agricultural Law Center continues our commitment to lead efforts to improve Iowa’s water quality. In July, the Center hosted “Sustaining Our Iowa Land (SOIL) 2017: Cultivating Your Investment—Landowners and Stewardship.” The conference included over 120 speakers and