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 – Free Seminar! Locations throughout Iowa in April 2022

Learn how Iowa law addresses important issues facing landowners and their advisors.  Topics to be 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!  Each attendee will receive a Law for Landowners workbook.  Plan now to attend one of the scheduled sessions throughout Iowa.

  • Marion – Thursday April 14th; 9-12:00, Lowe Park,
  • Clarinda – Wed. April 20th; 9-12:00, City Library
  • Centerville – Thursday April 21st; 9-12:00, Sharon Bluffs State Park Nature Center
  • Okoboji – Monday April 25th; 9-12:00, Lakeside Laboratory, in Waitt Lab
  • Des Moines – Tuesday April 26th; 9-12:00, Drake Legal Clinic

See the full schedule of topics and register for any of these free sessions on Eventbrite

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.