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

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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Flooded cropland in eastern Nebraska. Photo by William Dodd)
In areas where cropland was flooded, should rental rates be adjusted for 2019? Landlord-tenant communication this spring is recommended to address this question.

Should Leases be Adjusted for Flood-Damaged Farm Ground?

March 28, 2019
This article provides guidance on adjusting rental rates for flood-damaged cropland with different lease characteristics, including having that important landlord-tenant discussion this spring before planting.

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2019 Nebraska Property Tax-School Funding Issues

March 8, 2019
Nebraska has some of the highest ag property taxes in the nation. This article explores how these taxes support state and local government as well as K-12 education and examines some of the major property tax relief proposals.

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Nebraska and Neighboring States’ Ag Property Taxes as a Percentage of State Net Farm Income Compared to US Average, 1950-2017

January 31, 2019
In Nebraska, agland property taxes have risen to historic levels in recent years as state net farm income has declined, leading to an agland property tax crunch for farm and ranch landowners. Nebraska’s agland property taxes as a share of state net farm income are 46% higher than for the US as a whole.

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Government Shutdown Delays FSA Lien Waiver

January 11, 2019
One consequence of the current federal government shutdown is that Farm Service Agency (FSA) officials are unable to cosign checks received by FSA borrowers for sales of crops and livestock.

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Syngenta Settlement Approved by Federal Judge

January 2, 2019
According to attorneys close to the litigation, the earliest time for settlement distribution checks to producers and others is April 2019.

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Syngenta GMO Settlement Claims Due October 12

August 30, 2018
Eligible producers and landlords must file Syngenta GMO litigation settlement claim forms no later than October 12, 2018.

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