Revised farm estate, business guide now available


AMES, IOWA — The Agricultural Law Press has updated 16th edition of Dr. Neil E. Harl’s book, Farm Estate and Business Planning, in print and all forms of eBook.

Designed for farmers. This 454-page soft-cover book is a guide for farmers and ranchers who want to make the most of income and estate tax laws to assure the least expensive and most efficient transfer of their estates to their children and heirs.

The book contains extensive coverage of landmark legislation and updates the 26 chapters with recent developments in farm and ranch estate planning and farm and ranch business planning since the 15th edition was published in 2001.


The book is designed for use by farm and ranch families.

The book also includes discussion of employment taxes, formation and advantages of use of business entities, federal farm payments, state laws on corporate ownership of farm land, federal gift tax law, annuities, installment obligations, charitable deductions, all with an eye to the least expensive and most efficient transfer of the farm to heirs.

Nearly 175,000 copies of the book, which traces its history back to the first edition in 1973, are in circulation. Harl, the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and emeritus professor of economics, is retired from the Iowa State University faculty.

New editions

New for the 16th Edition, the book is available in print and all forms of eBook, including the Kindle, Nook and iPad, downloadable from the Agricultural Law Press web page dedicated to this book at

Orders are also accepted by e-mailing or by calling 360-200-5666.


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