Rural America Matters to All Americans

“President-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture.

Many Americans may feel like this particular Cabinet nomination doesn’t impact their everyday lives, but that is a misconception. USDA is responsible for areas beyond agriculture, including food, nutrition and rural development.”

In her new article, Jennifer Zwagerman, associate director of the Drake University Agricultural Law Center, discusses the impact of rural America on all Americans. To learn more about the unique challenges faced in rural America, how they impacted the 2016 election and how they will continue to influence legislators in the Trump administration, read more on The Conversation. 

Things to know about the Des Moines Water Works Litigation Against Drainage Districts in Three Iowa Counties

In the past year, Neil Hamilton, director of the Drake University Agriucltural Law Center and professor of law, has written and spoken about the lawsuit filed by the Des Moines Water Works regarding nitrate pollution from drainage districts in three Iowa counties.

October 2015, American Agricultural Law Association presentation in Charleston, SC.   Water Quality and Agriculture: Issues Raised by the Des Moines Water Works Litigation Against Drainage Districts in Three Iowa Counties.

May 2015, Iowa’s Clean Water Debate: What to believe? opinion-editorial in the Des Moines Register.

March 2015, Sixteen Things to Know About the DMWW Proposed Drainage District Lawsuit presentation in Ames, IA to the 2015 Iowa Water Conference.



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