ISU News: ISU Seminars Offered on Farm Business and Tax Issues

August 14th, 2006

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University will offer two seminars in September for professionals who serve the owners and operators of Iowa's farm businesses.

The Farm Estate and Business Planning Seminar focuses on practical solutions to common estate and business planning problems facing farm firms, and will be held Sept. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Quality Inn and Suites, 2601 E. 13th St. in Ames. The seminar will provide attorneys, certified public accountants and other tax professionals with the latest information on the legal and tax issues associated with planning farm estates and structuring farm businesses. Participants can earn seven hours of continuing education credits. The fee is $135.

The 23rd annual Iowa Real Estate and Insurance Seminar will be offered for insurance underwriters and real estate professionals on Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Quality Inn and Suites in Ames. The program will include an overview of title insurance, an analysis of liquidated damages clauses, real estate investment strategies, various features of real estate contracts, key aspects of disability and property insurance, issues associated with the farmers' comprehensive liability policy and a discussion of health savings accounts. The seminar is approved for six continuing education hours in both real estate and insurance. The fee is $100.

Roger McEowen, the Leonard Dolezal Professor in Agricultural Law, will conduct both seminars. The invited luncheon speaker for the Iowa Real Estate and Insurance Seminar is Susan Voss, Iowa Insurance Commissioner.

To register for the seminars, contact Beth Buck at (515) 294-6942 or More information on the seminars is available on the Web,


Roger McEowen, Agricultural Education and Studies, (515) 294-4076,
Ed Adcock, Agriculture Communications, (515) 294-2314, edadcock@iastate.ed