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Author: Ed Cox

Restoring Rights to Possess Firearms in IA and MO

December 16th, 2014 by

Putting aside the many political controversies surrounding gun rights and the right to carry firearms, there are many practical as well as recreational purposes for having firearms on a farm. There are, however, a number of ways a person may lose their right to possess firearms, as well as ammunition, regardless of the type of gun or the purpose for which it is used. These…

Iowa Adopts Uniform Power of Attorney Act

September 23rd, 2014 by

The Iowa Legislature recently enacted the Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Act (IUPAA). The Act became effective law on July 1, 2014 and codified in the Iowa Code under Section 633B. The IUPAA greatly expands the state law governing the use of powers of attorney. A primary purpose for the enactment is to prevent abuse by individuals exercising authority under a power of attorney and…

The Sallee Case & Iowa’s Recreational Use Statute

September 19th, 2013 by

Landowner liability for on-farm visitors and Iowa’s recreational use statute received a great deal of attention in 2013. In the Sallee v. Stewart opinion the Iowa Supreme Court addressed several distinct issues in Iowa’s recreational use statute, which limited the reach of the protections offered by the statute. This raised significant concerns from landowners, insurers, and others.  The Iowa Legislature quickly reformed the statute, attempting to…

Farm Lease Rules Apply Regardless of Size

July 12th, 2013 by

As most landowners and farmers are aware, Iowa’s farm lease termination statute, Iowa Code Section 562.5, requires written notice of termination of a farm lease by September 1. For most of the statute’s history it has only applied to leases involving more than 40 acres. In 2013 the Iowa legislature amended the law, making it applicable to nearly all farm leases, regardless of size. This…

Farm Tenants Own Crop Residue

July 12th, 2012 by

The 2012 Iowa Legislature added a new provision to Iowa’s farm tenancy law. The Iowa Code gives tenants the right to remove any part of the above ground portion of a crop, unless otherwise agreed to in writing. [jbox title=”Iowa Code Section 562.5A” radius=”6″ color=”gray”]”Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by a lessor and farm tenant, a farm tenant may take any part of the…