Photograph: Barn in field.

Washburn Agricultural Law and Tax Report

The Washburn Agricultural Law and Tax Report (WALTR) focuses on legal and tax issues that agricultural producers, agricultural businesses, and rural landowners face. Some issues are encountered on a daily basis; others may arise on a more cyclical basis. Many issues illustrate how the legal and tax systems in the United States uniquely treat agriculture and the singular relationship between the farm family and the farm firm. In addition, there are basic legal principles that have wide application throughout the entire economy, and those principles will be evident in the annotations, articles, and media resources on this website.

For students and those involved in agriculture either as producers of commodities, consumers, or in the agricultural industry, WALTR will help you gain an ability to identify agricultural legal problems and become acquainted with the basic legal framework surrounding agricultural issues and the tax concepts peculiar to agriculture. It will become evident that agricultural law and taxation is a very dynamic field that has wide application to everyday situations.

WALTR is also designed to be a research tool for practitioners with agricultural-related clients. Many technical issues are addressed and practitioners can also find seminars to attend where the concepts discussed here are more fully explored. In addition, media resources address agricultural law and taxation in action as it applies to current events impacting the sector.

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Top Agricultural Law and Taxation Developments of 2020 (CLE, 1/11/2021)
2020 Farm and Ranch Income Tax/Estate and Business Planning Seminar

Video from this program is available at to rent for $300 to view during a 30-day period.

Photograph: Roger McEowen.

Roger A. McEowen authors the Washburn Agricultural Law and Tax Report.

Roger on the Air

Roger McEowen regularly appears on radio and television programs heard nationally and across the Midwest and on the worldwide web.

  • 1/11/2021 Ag-Issues - Listen (19:08).
    Reviews important developments in agricultural law and taxation that did not quite make his "Top Ten" list for 2020.
  • 1/6/2021 Ag-Today - Listen (19:00; begins at 13:00)
    Reviews some of the lead developments in agricultural law and taxation in 2020 that didn't quite make his annual top 10 list, but that were nonetheless significant for agricultural interests.
  • 1/4/2021 RFD-TV - Watch (4:01).
    Discusses the almost top ten Agricultural law and tax developments of 2020.
  • 12/28/2020 RFD-TV - Watch (3:59).
    Discusses a state’s ability to regulate the economic activity of another state.
  • 12/28/2020 Ag-Issues - Listen (19:14).
    Discusses cases, California’s attempt to regulate agriculture in other states, Right-to-Farm-Act defense deemed frivolous, EPA to retain existing national ambient air quality standards for agricultural dust, the validity of a revocable trust, tax on port-a-potties.
Continuing Education

Roger McEowen regularly presents at continuing education programs. Upcoming events include:


The views expressed by faculty members at Washburn University School of Law are protected by the First Amendment's respect for academic freedom and do not represent the position of Washburn University School of Law. Likewise, the information contained on WALTR is for educational purposes only and should not be construed in any way as endorsing any political positions, statements or conduct of Washburn Law School or Washburn University.