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

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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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Industrial Hemp Production in Nebraska

June 21, 2019
Under the 2019 Nebraska Hemp Farming Act, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) may license persons to cultivate, handle or process hemp under an expanded NDA hemp pilot program. Individuals may apply to NDA by 5 p.m. Friday, June 28 for hemp cultivation licenses under the pilot program.

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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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Ducks swim amid a flooded unharvested corn field whose value as farmable land will be reduced this year. (Photo by Laura Thompson)

Property Taxes and Flood Damage

April 23, 2019
A bill in the Nebraska Legislature would establish a process for reducing the value of land and buildings damaged by natural disaster. See how this process would work if passed in its current language.

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USDA Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funds may be available for fixing fences damaged by spring storms, as seen here.

Rebuilding Fences After Flood/Blizzard Damage

April 23, 2019
Following spring blizzards and flooding in many areas of Nebraska, fencing repairs and new fences are a priority for many livestock producers. This looks at considerations when you assess fence damage, the fence law, and available assistance.

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