Agriculture is big business in Iowa and in the Upper Midwest. Iowa leads the
nation in production of corn, soybeans, hogs and eggs. Other areas of production
agriculture, such as milk, grape and organic/natural foods are rapidly expanding.
Processing and adding value to the tremendous amount of raw agricultural products
produced in Iowa has always been important, and it is even more so today as those
activities create wealth and create good jobs that support tens of thousands of
As agricultural businesses have become larger or more specialized, they have
required more sophisticated and specialized legal advice on matters including
business organization decisions, financing and incentive packages, tax issues,
regulatory requirements, employee matters, and contracts for the production and
sale of products and inputs. Agribusiness owners and operators know that BrownWinick
has provided all of these services for years to many of Iowa’s leading agribusinesses
and agribusiness trade associations.
BrownWinick lawyers practicing in the agribusiness area collectively have over
200 years of legal experience working with clients to add value to their businesses. Whether
helping a young farmer acquire his or her first farm, merging neighboring co-operative
grain elevators, assisting a wine producer with regulatory issues or leading negotiations
for a livestock producer on multi-year contract for the sale of billions of dollars
of agricultural products, BrownWinick agribusiness lawyers have done it.
Our agribusiness attorneys serve a diverse range of clients, including family
farmers, agribusiness trade associations, livestock producers, grape growers,
organic producers, agricultural cooperatives, ethanol producers, grain elevators,
seed companies, livestock genetic companies, chemical/fertilizer companies and
dealers and many other agriculture-related businesses. Many of our clients are
involved in cutting-edge biotechnology, value-added agriculture and further processing
of raw commodities.
We provide advice to our clients on matters such as entity organizational, financing
and securities law issues, environmental compliance issues, Iowa’s corporate farming
laws, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and estate and family
business succession planning. BrownWinick’s agribusiness team also offers its
clients a strong legislative and regulatory presence in Iowa. We have a number
of registered lobbyists at the Iowa statehouse each legislative session, and our
attorneys have extensive experience in monitoring and shaping rules and regulations
that affect our client’s businesses.