Case Law Index Corporate Farming Laws

January 1915 – November 1, 2019


This index provides a comprehensive though not necessarily exhaustive compilation of reported and unreported federal and state court decisions involving the Corporate Farming Laws that were decided between the dates listed above. The cases are listed in reverse chronological order. The “Text” link goes to the freely available Google Scholar text of the opinion.  These listings are for educational purposes only, and are not a substitute for legal counsel.


Asbury Hosp. v. Cass County, 326 U.S. 207 (U.S. 1945) (constitutionality)  Text


Griffin v. Smithfield Foods, Inc., 183 F.Supp. 2d 824 (E.D. Va. 2002)  Text


Jones v. Gale, 470 F.3d 1261 (8th Cir. 2006)  Text

Jones v. Gale, 405 F.Supp. 2d 1066 (D.Neb. 2005) (constitutionality)  Text

South Dakota Farm Bureau, Inc. v. Hazeltine, 340 F.3d 583 (8th Cir. 2003) (constitutionality)  Text

South Dakota Farm Bureau, Inc. v. Hazeltine, 202 F.Supp. 2d 1020 (D.S.D. 2002)  Text

MSM Farms, Inc. v. Spire, 927 F.2d 330 (8th Cir. 1991) (constitutionality)  Text


Simler v. Wilson, 210 F.2d 99 (10th Cir. 1953) (prohibition against accepting, receiving and owning realty by religious corporation)   Text

Bailey v. Banister, 200 F.2d 683 (10th Cir. 1952) (action against railway company for bidding for Indian’s land)   Text

State of Okl. ex rel. McVey v. Magnolia Petroleum Co., 114 F.2d 111 (10th Cir. 1940) (State’s action to escheat lands)   Text

Knoell v. Frisco Lease, 78 F.2d 286 (10th Cir. 1935) (limitations on the quantity of land which a railroad corporation may own)  Text


Minnwest Bank, M.V. v. Molenaar, No. A05-1161, 2006 WL 1390323 (Minn. App. May 23, 2006)  Text

R.L. Hexum & Associates, Inc. v. Rochester Twp., Bd. of Sup’rs, 609 N.W.2d 271 (Minn. Ct. App. 2000) (applicability of corporate and partnership farming law)   Text

Wacek v. Vavricka, C8-95-459, 1995 WL 538664 (Minn. Ct. App. Sept. 12, 1995) (failure to extend the right of first refusal prior to the sale)

Seehusen v. First Am. Bank & Trust of Willmar, C3-94-2609, 1995 WL 365360 (Minn. Ct. App. June 20, 1995) (failure to extend the right of first refusal after foreclosure)

Peterson v. Island, C4-94-2425, 1995 WL 118895 (Minn. Ct. App. Mar. 21, 1995) (interference with a land purchase, the right of first refusal)

Hommerding v. Travelers Ins. Co., C6-94-1843, 1995 WL 6438 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 10, 1995) (claim of statutory violations, fraud and negligence)

Kjesbo v. Ricks, 517 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. 1994) (foreclosure, statutory first right of refusal)   Text

Farm Credit Bank of St. Paul v. Michels, 513 N.W.2d 7 (Minn. Ct. App. 1994) (right of first refusal, “immediately preceding former owners”)  Text

Resolution Trust Corp. v. Lipton, 983 F.2d 901 (8th Cir. 1993) (partnership was not “family farm,” and thus was not qualified debtor)