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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 26, 2018

Ag law seminar and farm tax workshops available in September

Sep 06, 2018

AMES — Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation will host its annual September seminars, “Keeping Up with Change,” Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20-21 at Quality Inn & Suites in Ames. The two-day program is available on-site or online.

Agricultural Law Seminar

The Agricultural Law Seminar, co-sponsored with Iowa Farm Bureau and the Agricultural Law Section of the Iowa Bar Association, will be featured the first day of the series. This session will cover topics such as new water quality legislation, an update on ag nuisance law, avoiding farm probate problems, Iowa’s new health plan options, a current look at checkoff programs, farm bill update, building conservation provisions into lease agreements, Iowa’s new partition law, a review of agricultural law cases and statutes from the past year, and an ethics session geared for the rural attorney.

Featured speakers on Sept. 20 include Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Jim Nervig, Eldon McAfee and Julia Vyskocil from Brick Gentry PC; Pat Dillon from Dillon Law PC; Steve Kammeyer from Farm Bureau Financial Services; Harrison Pittman from the National Agricultural Law Center; Jonathan Coppess from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois; Ed Cox from Orsborn, Milani, Mitchell and Goedken; Wendong Zhang from the Department of Economics at Iowa State University; Jennie Zwagerman from the Drake University Law School; and Kristine Tidgren from CALT.

Farm Tax Workshop

Day two of the seminar series is CALT’s Farm Tax Workshop, covering key changes made by tax reform, including the 199A deduction, business entity issues, the sale of business property and form 4797, depreciation, hedging and speculation, involuntary conversions, energy easement payments, 199A and agricultural cooperatives, farm loss deductions, and ethics for the tax professional.

Featured speakers on Sept. 21 include Kurt Konek of Tarbell & Company PLC, Guido VanderHoeven from Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University Extension, and Kristy Maitre and Kristine Tidgren from the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation.

Participants can attend the Agricultural Law Seminar, the Farm Tax Workshop or both.

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