Dave Aiken

J. David Aiken is a Professor and Water and Agricultural Law Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

His faculty page contains links to publications from throughout his career.

President Biden’s 30x30 Plan: Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful

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Frost on pond in Yellowstone Park.

Problem-solving Courts in Nebraska

In Nebraska and throughout the U.S., a new type of court, referred to as a “problem-solving court,” has emerged as an alternative to jail time for dealing with some social ills. The first problem-solving court was an adult drug court established in Miami in 1987. Nebraska’s problem-solving court program was established in 1997, and today all 12 of Nebraska’s judicial districts have at least one problem-solving court.

Courtroom gavel.

The Role of the Odor Footprint Tool in Livestock Nuisance Litigation

The following is a summary of the webinar “The Role of the Odor Footprint Tool in Livestock Nuisance Litigation” given on Jan. 21, 2021, as part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Agricultural Economics Extension Farm and Ranch Management team’s weekly webinar series. The webinar and accompanying podcast can be accessed here.

Chickens in poultry barn.

Ag Carbon Offsets and the Carbon Bank

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Aerial shot of center pivot irrigated farmland.

The Biden Climate Plan and Power Blackouts

The Biden Climate Plan and Power Blackouts with Dave Aiken

Windmills in field at twilight.

Estate Planning Glossary

This publication is a glossary of basic estate planning terms. The glossary can help you learn about some fundamental concepts in farm and ranch estate planning, and help you communicate more effectively with your family and with your team of estate planning professionals.

Nebraska Farm & Ranch Estate Planning Overview

Estate planning requires a careful consideration of facts and laws unique to each situation. This publication is provided for educational purposes only; it is not a substitute for consulting an attorney or other estate planning professional.

This publication is a overview of Nebraska farm and ranch estate planning issues. It contains references to other publications that provide more details regarding specific agricultural estate planning topics.

2020 Nebraska Ballot Issues


An Oct. 29 webinar with Dave Aiken provided an overview of 2020 Nebraska Ballot Issues and a summary of the viewpoints of proponents and opponents on each issue, as well as what the potential impact of each issue may be.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
Noon-1 p.m. CDT

Watch or listen


I voted stickers on table.

Cornhusker Economics: 2020 Nebraska Property Tax Changes

The Nebraska Unicameral enacted significant property tax relief legislation in the closing days of the 2020 legislative session. The last-minute compromise was negotiated by seven legislators selected by the Speaker. The compromise establishes a refundable state income tax credit of an estimated 6% of the property taxes paid for local schools (excluding property taxes for school bonds and school budget overrides). Taxpayers will be able to claim this credit on next year’s Nebraska state income tax return. For fiscal years (FYs) 2021-22 through 2023-24 (i.e.

Grain field with tire tracks.

Terminating a Verbal Farmland Lease

Photo by James Baltz on Unsplash

Some farm leases are not written but are verbal or "handshake" agreements. Because nothing is in writing, the parties may have different recollections of their agreement, making lease disputes more difficult to resolve.

Aerial view of farm.