J. David Aiken - Extension Water and Agricultural Law Specialist

David Aiken

faculty
Work Filley Hall (FYH) 103D
Lincoln NE 68583-0922
US
Work 402-472-1848 On campus, dial 2-1848

Faculty Bio

Cornhusker Economics: 2020 Nebraska Property Tax Changes

August 27, 2020
The Nebraska Unicameral enacted significant property tax relief legislation in the closing days of the 2020 legislative session. The compromise establishes a refundable state income tax credit of an estimated 6% of the property taxes paid for local schools (excluding property taxes for school bonds and school budget overrides).

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aerial view of tractor in field

Terminating a Verbal Farmland Lease

August 14, 2020
Some farm leases are not written but are verbal or "handshake" agreements. The most common legal issue associated with verbal farm leases is how a lease may legally be terminated.

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people signing legal documents

Business Powers of Attorney for Nebraska Farm and Ranch Business Owners

May 21, 2020
In the case where there is no well-structured legal documentation of who assumes business functions when a key manager is incapacitated —which would likely include many Nebraska farms and ranches — the business owner may seek to provide business operational continuity should they become unable to do so.

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Farm Bankruptcy Code Increases Upper Limit

October 2, 2019
The new Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 revises the federal bankruptcy code to increase the amount of total debt a producer may have and be eligible for Chapter 12 bankruptcy protection from $4.4 million to $10 million.

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A hunter walking a private field with his dog in Burt County
A hunter walking a private field with his dog in Burt County. (Photo courtesy of the Nebraskaland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission)

Who has the Hunting Rights for Leased Land?

September 11, 2019
Landlord or tenant — who has the hunting rights on leased crop and pasture land? It may not be who you think. Hunting rights may be best stipulated in a well-written lease.

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Crop field and farm

Terminating a Verbal Farm Land Lease

August 14, 2019
The deadline for formal notification to terminate a verbal or handshake year-to-year land lease agreement is September 1. Here are some things to consider when terminating various types of land leases.

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Applying for Reduced Valuation of Damaged Property

June 14, 2019
A Q&A on the process of applying to have your property value reduced if you suffered significant 2019 flood damage.

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New Law Allows Lower Taxes for Flood-Damaged Property

June 5, 2019
A new Nebraska law provides that property owners who suffered significant flood damage can apply to have their 2019 property taxes lowered. Damage must be reported on a new state form by July 15.

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