Welcome to the Agricultural Law Center, a resource for America’s farmers, landowners, and agricultural entrepreneurs.

The Drake Agricultural Law Center is internationally recognized for providing students the opportunity to study how the legal system shapes our food system and influences the ability of the agricultural sector to produce, market, and utilize agricultural products.

The site provides information and resources to help key agriculture stakeholders make profitable and sustainable decisions regarding our nation’s land and agricultural production.

Law for Landowners Workshop – Now Available to View Online!

Learn how Iowa law addresses important issues facing landowners and their advisors.  Topics covered include: fence law, drainage, boundary disputes, farm tenancy, county zoning, easements, soil and water conservation, joint tenancy and partition actions, water law, water quality protection, and more!  Come get your questions answered!  Video of the April 14, 2022 program in Marion, Iowa is available for viewing, as is the PDF of the attendee workbook. You can view the materials here.

SOIL 2021 – Our Soils: Our Future

The SOIL 2021 – Our Soils: Our Future conference, held November 17, 2021, was a great success. You can find the agenda, slides, and presentations on the conference page (updated on a rolling basis through Spring 2022, so check back often!)

COVID Resource: Coronavirus and Contracts. What Did We Agree To?

Drake Ag Law Center Director Jennifer Zwagerman and then-Drake Law student Kate Dudding partnered with Drake Alum and Texas attorney Amber Miller to draft a guide to contracts and issues that may be arising for farmers and livestock producers: force majeure, assignment, termination, and more. Click on the title above to access the post.