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Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law

Professor of Law

Director, Agricultural Law Center

Areas of Expertise

Agricultural Law, Land Use, Legislation, Food and the Law, Environmental Regulation of Agriculture, Wind Law


J.D. University of Iowa, Order of the Coif
B.S. Iowa State University with honors and distinction


Drake Professor since 1983
Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Dept. of Justice (1979-1981)
Assistant Professor, Arkansas (1981-1983)

Selected Publications

What Farmers Need to Know About Environmental Law, Drake Agricultural Law Center

A Livestock Producers Legal Guide to: Nuisance, Land Use Control & Environmental Law, Drake Agricultural Law Center

A Farmers Legal Guide to Production Contracts, Farm Journal Publishing

The Legal Guide to Direct Farm Marketing, Drake Agricultural Law Center

Significant Accomplishments

Board of Directors, Iowa National Heritage Foundation
Board of Directors, Seed Savers Exchange
Past president, American Agricultural Law Association
Chair, Iowa Food Policy Council (2000-2007)
Past Chair, Agriculture Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools
Advisory Board, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture (1987-2009)
USDA Small Farms Advisory Committee, Vice Chair (1997-2000)

Food for Thought

"Law plays a critical role in shaping America's food and agricultural system. Decisions about how we farm, what foods we eat, and who owns farmland are influenced by law. Whether the issue is protecting the quality of our food, creating opportunities for new people to farm, or preserving farmland, America's ideals are expressed and promoted through legislation. Law students, farmers and the public must understand the power of legislation to help society achieve its goals.

My goal is to help students appreciate the empowering nature of law to shape public policy. The Agricultural Law Center is directly involved in helping citizens and law students recognize the choices available to our nation and how we can best use the law to promote food democracy."

Last Modified: 3/2/2011 1:58:00 PM by Megan Flynn