The Iowa Landowner’s Legal Guide
This guide answers questions in connection with owning and operating farmland. Topics include basic matters of fence law and drainage. They also include more fundamental questions about the different ways interests in owning land can be divided, such as tenancy in common and leases. The guide is especially designed for new landowners.
How to Improve Water Quality on Iowa Farms
How to Improve Water Quality on Iowa Farms is designed to help farmers and landowners use public programs to improve water quality and promote soil health on their farmland. The guide identifies key practices funded by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA), Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD).
The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing
The updated the Legal Guide and website address the different forms of direct marketing as well as business organization, contracts, labeling, insurance and liability, food safety, licensing, inspections, and more.
The Landowner’s Guide to Sustainable Farm Leasing
This guide introduces landowners to the principle issues regarding the use of a lease agreement to promote a sustainable farm operation. The guide covers a variety of topics ranging from the importance of a written lease agreement and notice of termination laws to allowances for on-farm marketing and ecosystem services contracts.
Contracting in Agriculture: Making the Right Decision
This guide is designed to help you understand production contracts – and to help identify the questions you should consider as you decide whether contracting is right for you. At the end of this guide you will find a list of other sources of information about contracting, including the USDA website, which may help you decide whether contracting makes sense for you and your business.
High Hopes Meet Hard Truths: Facing the Reality of Iowa’s Water Quality
Professor Neil D. Hamilton, Sept. 21, 2017