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 Iowa families.
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 a 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.