Agricultural law governs the legal aspects of the production of crops and livestock which provide the food, energy and other necessities of life that are integral to our society.
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Providing Agricultural Law Counsel
Brick Gentry's agricultural law attorneys provide assistance with all aspects of agricultural law, including:
- Iowa DNR and federal EPA rules for hog, cattle, poultry and turkey farms. Our ag law group has been extensively involved with DNR rules since the first major legislation was enacted in 1995, and provides counsel on compliance with these rules to the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Poultry Association, the Iowa Turkey Federation, as well as individual producers.
- Nuisance lawsuits. Our attorneys have regularly defended livestock producers in nuisance lawsuits since 1994. Their counsel begins with advising producers on the steps to hopefully avoid a lawsuit and, if necessary, continues through mediation and litigation.
- Farm estate and business planning, including wills, trusts for farm corporations, LLCs and partnerships.
- Ag business and commercial law, including cooperatives, and landlord and contract feeding liens.
- Contracts, including hog and cattle feeding contracts and grain contracts.
- USDA federal farm program, packer and stockyards compliance, and enforcement actions.
- Real estate, including farm leases, Iowa’s corporate farming law, Iowa’s fence and boundary law, farm drainage, and wind energy easements.
- Cases of contaminated and improperly mixed feed, including Rumensin toxicity in cattle and sheep.
The foundation of Brick Gentry’s agricultural law group’s practice is their work with government agencies and the Iowa legislature. This allows its members to be at the forefront of agricultural policy and gives them first-hand knowledge of agricultural law in their representation of agricultural clients.
Our agricultural law group’s ag law experience is more than legal experience. All of our ag law attorneys were raised on grain and livestock farms, have farmed themselves, and continue to be extensively involved in farming. This practical experience gives them a unique understanding and advantage in providing legal counsel to our agricultural clients.
Our agricultural law group’s legal experience and its hands-on knowledge of agriculture, with the support of the firm’s attorneys in all other areas of law, gives us a rare perspective and ability to advise farmers and agricultural businesses in the wide-ranging area of agricultural law.