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Prof. Neil Hamilton, Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law and director of the Agricultural Law Center, spoke to over 300 attendees at the Iowa Water Conference in Ames on Tuesday March 3, 2015.

He was invited to discuss the legal issues and implications of the Des Moines Water Works potential lawsuit against drainage districts in 3 northwest Iowa counties for polluting the water with excess nitrates. The proposed lawsuit has generated a great deal of interest and some controversy.

In his remarks Prof. Hamilton presents the legal issues involved in he case, discusses the background of the controversy, and offers some suggestions for future actions.

Read Prof. Hamilton's remarks.

About the Center

Founded in 1983, the Center is internationally recognized for providing opportunities to study how the legal system shapes our food system and influences the ability of the agricultural sector to produce, market and utilize agricultural products.

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The Drake Law School supports an array of courses, publications, conferences, research initiatives and created a certification program in food and agricultural law. Students learn about legal issues involving the full scope of food and agriculture, including marketing and finance; biotechnology; international trade; soil and water conservation; land use and environmental issues; food safety; and federal farm programs. The Center also hosts international law scholars to study food and agricultural law and policy in the U.S.

The Center has a 29 year history of legal research and policy action promoting better food and agriculture systems. Recent Center projects include Sustainable Farm Lease, New & Beginning Farmers, and Buy Fresh Buy Local. Read more about these projects on their websites or access the Center's Annual Reports and Press Releases.

About the Faculty & Staff

Learn more about the faculty and staff of Drake's Agricultural Law Center and access some of their recent publications.


Drake was the first American law school to offer a specialization in agricultural law. Learn more about the Courses & Curriculum, Visiting Scholars, Careers & Internships, Summer Agricultural Law Institute and Ag Law Cuba Travel Seminar.

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New Resource: Iowa Farm to Food Donation Tax Credit

The Agricultural Law Center supports and maintains a variety of resources for Sustainable Land Tenure, Beginning Farmers, Food Policy & Food Policy Councils, Climate Change, Manure Agreement Decision Making, and Iowa Soy Beans.

Last Modified: 3/5/2015 5:07:00 PM by Ag Law Workstudy