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.

SOIL 2021 – Our Soils: Our Future

We have decided to postpone the SOIL 2021 conference from the original date of Wednesday September 15th until Wednesday November 17th.   We believe this is the most responsible decision we can make for the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, and students.  While it is impossible to predict exactly what conditions will be like in mid-November we can all hope the dust will have settled a bit and the current rate of COVID 19 infections will have declined – such that more people are comfortable with an indoor conference of this type. 

For those who know you are not available on November 17th I am sorry we will miss your participation this year.  For people who registered for the conference through Eventbrite, their registrations will be held over until November, unless a refund is requested.  The Spark dinner originally scheduled for the evening of September 15th is also being postponed until November 17th and will still feature Art Cullen as the keynote speaker.  We look forward to seeing you in November and will be in touch with further communications as the date draws closer.  Stay safe and have a good fall 

Mark your calendars now for SOIL 2021 – Our Soils: Our Future.  The conference returns this fall on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Registration is available on Eventbrite. You can access the draft agenda here.

SOIL 2021 brings together farmers, landowners, conservationists, local officials and others interested in the future of Iowa’s land and water for a full day of presentations and conversations. The key theme of the day is Our Soils: Our Future and many speakers will focus on the unique role soil conservation, soil health, and water management play in creating productive farms.

Iowa’s soil and water conservation districts have played a historic role and several speakers will discuss how the districts can be re-energized to address current challenges. There is growing recognition of the impact climate change has on agriculture and several speakers will discuss how farmers can help lead the efforts to address climate issues. Speakers will also discuss the potential role of legal tools, such as conservation easements, to promote conservation on working lands. The final panel will examine new opportunities and challenges for farmers, landowners and conservationists. If you are interested in learning more about what is happening with Iowa’s land, water, and soils then attending SOIL 2021 should be in your plans.

Click here for the agenda and registration information for SOIL 2021

Click here for information and program details from SOIL 2019: Searching for Solutions for Iowa’s Land and Water, held on November 4, 2019.

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.