Agricultural Law Center Resources

The Agricultural Law Center provides resources on topics such as agicultural law, climate change, food policy, and more.

Recent Publications

Hamilton High Hopes Meet Hard Truths Iowa Water 
Opening Keynote Address by Neil Hamilton at “Challenges to Providing Safe Drinking Water in the Midwest: A Symposium,” held at Drake University (Sept. 21, 2017)

Keeping the Farm and Farmer in Food Policy and Law
Neil Hamilton, 11 Journal of Food Law & Policy 9 (2015)

On Climate Change, We Must Put the Apple Down
Matt Russell, Eco Catholic of the National Catholic Reporter (Aug. 5, 2015)

Faith Calls Us to Act on Climate Change
The Rev. Valerie Miller Coleman and Matt Russell, The Des Moines Register (June 17, 2015)

The 2014 Farm Bill: Lessons in Patience, Politics, and Persuasion
Neil Hamilton, 19 Drake Journal of Agricultural Law 1 (2014)

Climate Change an Opportunity for Iowa Farmers
Matt Russell, The Des Moines Register (Nov. 4, 2014)

Climate Change is Real
Matt Russell, The Cedar Rapids Gazette (March 28, 2014)

Results of the Leopold Center Supported Research on Climate Extremes and Farm Leases
The Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure Initiative (Jan. 30, 2015)

Public Statement by Matt Russell on the Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule
EPA Public Hearings, Pittsburgh, Pa. (July 31, 2014)

Video: "Agriculture and Climate Change in Iowa"
National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) (May 1, 2014)

How You Gonna Keep Em Down on the Farm after Baur v. Baur Farms, Inc.?
Neil Hamilton, Matthew G. Doré, Allan W. Vestal, and David S. Walker, 18 Drake Journal of Agricultural Law 431 (2013)

Statement by Matt Russell on the Impact of Climate Change
House of Representative’s Safe Climate Caucus Forum, Washington, D.C. (Sept. 17, 2013)

Harvesting the Law: Personal Reflections on Thirty Years of Change
Neil Hamilton, 46 Creighton Law Review 562 (2013)

Farming an Uncertain Climate Future: What COP 15 Means for Agriculture
Neil Hamilton, 2011 University of Illinois Law Review 341

Americas New Agrarians: Policy Opportunities and Legal Innovations
Neil Hamilton, 22 Fordham Environmental Law Review 523 (2011)

Farms, Food, and the Future: Legal Issues of the "New Agriculture"
Neil Hamilton, 26 Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation 1 (2011)

Moving Toward Food Democracy: Better Food, New Farmers, and the Myth of Feeding
Neil Hamilton, 16 Drake Journal of Agricultural Law 118 (2011)

Additional Resources

Direct Marketer's Guide
Resources to make The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing more accessible, ensure compliance with regulations, provide updates on direct farm marketing law and policy, and take advantage of direct marketing programs.

Farm to Food Tax Donation Credit
The Farm to Food Tax Donation Credit is a new law in Iowa that allows taxpayers to receive a 15 percent tax credit, up to $5,000. Learn more about the tax credit:

Government Resources Guide for Farmer Veterans
A guide to programs that directly support new farmers, specifically veterans whose goal is to start or improve a commercial agricultural business.

Manure Agreement Decision Making Tool
A tool to assist Iowa's farmers and land owners with the process of creating manure agreements between hog producers and landowners.

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December 11, 2017
The Iowa Taxpayers Association announced Dillon Malone, a third-year student at Drake Law School, as the recipient of the 2017 Linda S. Weindruch Scholarship.
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