Register Now for Agricultural Law Seminar and Farm Tax Workshops

September 4, 2018, 2:15 pm | Micki Nelson

AMES, Iowa — 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, Iowa. The two-day program is available onsite or online.

Early registration discounts are available through Friday, Sept. 7 and registration will continue up to the day of the seminar; walk-ins are welcome onsite.

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. The text for this workshop is the 2018 “Agricultural Tax Issues” workbook published by the Land Grant University Tax Education Foundation.

Registration is open

Participants can attend the Agricultural Law Seminar, the Farm Tax Workshop, or both programs. Registration for the seminar series is available at Continuing education credit for this seminar is available for attorneys, certified public accountants, enrolled agents, public accountants, tax practitioners, annual filing season program practitioners, and insurance and real estate professionals. September seminar materials will also be made available for purchase if attendance is not possible.

The Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University was created by the Iowa Board of Regents in 2006. CALT provides timely, objective, unbiased information to producers, professionals and agribusinesses concerning the application of important developments in agricultural law and taxation, and serves as a primary source of professional educational training in agricultural law and taxation. For information on the center and other CALT programming visit

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