Legal Guides

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.

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.

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).

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.

Video Library

Drake Agricultural Law Center on Vimeo 

Presentations

High Hopes Meet Hard Truths: Facing the Reality of Iowa’s Water Quality
Professor Neil D. Hamilton, Sept. 21, 2017

Other

Drake Journal of Agricultural Law

Manure Agreement Decision Making Tool 

Soil and Water Conservation Checklist for Landowners and Farmers

Government Resources Guide for Farmer Veterans

Farm to Food Donation Tax Credit: Information and  Detailed Guide

Annotated Site Map of USDA Resources on Climate Change

External Resources

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