2014 Agricultural Law Seminar
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2014 Agricultural Law Seminar

Co-sponsored by: Iowa State University Center of Agricultural Law and Taxation (CALT), and the Agricultural Law Section of The Iowa State Bar Association and the Iowa Farm Bureau

When: 9/11/2014
7:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Where: Quality Inn & Suites
2601 E. 13th Street
Ames, Iowa  50010
United States
Contact: Tiffany Kayser

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State and Federal Caselaw and Regulatory Law Update, Topics of Interest to Rural Lawyers, Navigable Water:A Limit on Regulation or a License to Regulate?, Agricultural Act of 2014,Underutilized Tools of a Real Estate Lawyer, and Ethical Considerations in the Use of Social Media

Roger McEowen, Kristine Tidgren, Nick Critelli, Patrick Dillon, Timothy Gartin, Christine Gruenhagen, and Don Parrish

7:30-8:00 a.m. - Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. - State and Federal Caselaw and Regulatory Law Update (McEowen and Tidgren) - This session will provide up-to-the minute coverage of recent federal and state developments in agricultural law of relevance to practitioners representing clients involved in agricultural production and ag-related businesses. Numerous issues are recurring, some are unique, but all are important to the proper representation of farm clients, rural landowners and agribusinesses.
9:00-9:55 a.m. - Potpourri of Items of Interest to Rural Lawyers (Dillon) - This session covers topics of common interest to lawyers that represent rural clients and agribusinesses including drones and UAVs; property border agreements; well sharing issues; Dodd Frank rules that restrict contract sales; fencing agreements; equipment leasing concerns; tenant tile installations; tile easements; and suggested updates to the standard farm lease along with sample forms.
9:55-10:15 a.m. - Morning Break
10:15 a.m.-Noon - Navigable Water: A Limit on Regulation or a License to Regulate? (Parrish and Gruenhagen) - The federal Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corp of Engineers proposed a rule earlier this year to redefine the term "navigable water” under the Clean Water Act. The rule, if adopted, will have far reaching consequences. It will likely affect how the DNR issues NPDES permits for point sources like towns, businesses, pesticide applications and other defined, discrete conveyances used in agriculture. It could also reach into Iowa’s landscapes to call areas that hold or convey water a "water of the U.S.”. All aspects of the Clean Water Act will be affected by the change including dredge and fill permits, NDPES permits, water quality standards, and spill prevention plans for oil and fuel storage. Learn about the potential impacts of this proposed rule and its current status in the rulemaking process.
12:00-1:00 p.m. - Luncheon (provided)
1:00-2:00 p.m. - The Agricultural Act of 2014 (The 2014 Farm Bill) (McEowen and Tidgren) - This session guides attendees through the primary provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill and provides suggested planning opportunities. Addressed will be the computation of adjusted gross income for individuals and various types of entities, crop insurance, payment limitations, the active engagement test, and how the new law impacts existing commodity programs with a summary of choices that producers must make. Also discussed will be the election that farmers must make in 2014 for either PLC or ARC and the factors that influence the decision. The session also addresses the new dairy program, conservation programs and provisions for livestock operators.
2:00-2:45 p.m. - Underutilized Tools of a Real Estate Lawyer (Gartin) - This session will cover issues involving unmarketable title; affidavit of possession; affidavit explanatory of title; notice of homestead and demand to levy. Remedial measures will also be addressed as will restrictive covenants and issues associated with improperly released mortgages.
2:45-3:00 p.m. - Afternoon Break
3:00-3:45 p.m. - Underutilized Tools of a Real Estate Lawyer (Gartin) - Mr. Gartin’s session continues.
3:45-4:45 p.m. - Ethical Considerations in the Use of Social Media (Critelli ) - As technology marches on, a lawyer’s need to comply with ethical rules remains constant. This session addresses the application of the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct, 1A Sup. Ct. Rule32, to technology as it exists today, including the risks of unauthorized practice of law, conflict of interest, breach of confidentiality, and more.

  • Agricultural Law Seminar only (early discount if received on/by September 4):
    • Non-Lawyer: $175
    • ISBA Member: $225
    • Non-ISBA (lawyer): $255
    • Online (watch from your computer): $270*
  • Attend both both days of the September Seminars (Farm Estate and Business Planning Seminar on Friday, Sept. 12)
    • Non-Lawyer: $325
    • ISBA Member: $400
    • Non-ISBA (lawyer): $435
    • Online (watch from your computer): $450*
  • Materials will be available to purchase if unable to attend.

*Please note, attending the seminar online via a live webinar is only available to the first 99 registrants (sign-in information will be supplied via email).

Registration fee includes: seminar manual, continental breakfast, luncheon and afternoon snack

Contact Tiffany Kayser at 515-294-5217 or tlkayser@iastate.edu

A full refund will be given if registration is cancelled 48 hours prior to the start of the event; if within 48 hours, no refund will be given.


This course is designed for: Attorneys and Real Estate Professionals (Iowa Real Estate Commission). This event qualifies for: 8.6 credits based on a 50-minute hour or 7.25 credits based on a 60-minute hour. This seminar provides a total of 430 minutes of instruction. Please note some CPE organizations do not accept partial credit hours.

Roger A. McEowen is the Leonard Dolezal Professor in Agricultural Law and Director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University. A graduate of Drake University of Law, he is a member of the Iowa and Kansas Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in Nebraska. He is widely published in law reviews and other agricultural law publications; is the author of a 1,200-page textbook on agricultural law; and is the lead author of one BNA Tax Management Portfolio and the co-author of two others.
Kristine A. Tidgren is the staff attorney for the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation. Before joining CALT, she worked as a practicing attorney and as an attorney editor for LexisNexis. Kristine is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Missouri. She graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
Nick Critelli has practiced law in Des Moines, Iowa, since 1967. He is board certified as a specialist in civil trial advocacy and appears for clients in both the Iowa courts and Federal Courts. Nick is a past President of The Iowa State Bar Association, Blackstone Inn of Court and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. Nick is currently serving as the Chairman of the Ethics and Practice Committee of the Iowa State Bar Association.
Patrick B. Dillon is a lawyer practicing in Sumner, Iowa. He has a general practice and represents numerous farmers and other agricultural clients. He writes "A Look at Agricultural Law” for his blog and for the Sumner Gazette, and has authored the "Field Guide Manual: Iowa Farmer’s Guide to Legal Issues.” He is a graduate of the Drake University Law School.
Timothy Gartin is a partner in the Ames firm of Hastings, Gartin & Boettger, LLP. He has a general practice that includes, but is not limited to, real estate. He received his J.D. from Northern Illinois University Law School. Tim is a member of the Story County and Iowa State Bar Associations and served two years as Chair of the Real Estate and Title Law Section Council of the Iowa State Bar Association. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.
Christine Gruenhagen is government relations counsel for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. In this position, she assists members with general legal information, regulatory affairs and the state legislative program and is general legal counsel for the government relations division. Chris joined Farm Bureau in 1990. She graduated from the Drake University Law School.
Don Parrish is the Senior Director, Regulatory Relations, for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Public Policy team in Washington, D.C. His primary area of responsibility at the American Farm Bureau is the Clean Water Act, which encompasses a wide range of issues affecting farmers and ranchers. Before joining the AFBF staff, Don was an economist at Auburn University. Don received a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Auburn University and a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University.