Category Archives: “Ag Gag” Statutes

October 3, 2014 Weekly Round Up

I spent a good part of this week at county Farm Bureau meetings visiting with Texas agricultural producers.  Last Saturday, I was in Longview, TX for the Gregg County Farm Bureau meeting where I spoke about current Hot Topics in Agricultural Law.  Many thanks to Glenn Richardson for the invitation.  On Wednesday evening I made the drive to Huntsville for the Walker County Farm Bureau meeting where we discussed water rights in Texas.  I appreciate Carl thinking of me and including me on the program.  Welcome to those… Read More →

Idaho Judge Allows “Ag Gag” Lawsuit to Move Forward

Judge B. Lynn Winmill, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho has denied a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Idaho Interference with Agricultural Production statute, known as the “ag gag” statute.  [Read full opinion here]. Under the statute, passed in 2014, a person commits a crime if he or she knowingly enters an agricultural production facility by force, threat, misrepresentation, or trespass; obtains records of an agricultural operation by force, threat, misrepresentation, or trespass; obtains employment with an agricultural… Read More →

August 15, 2014 Weekly Round Up

This week I was literally all across the state of Texas at various programs.  From Monahans discussing oil and gas leasing, pipeline easement negotiations, and water law, to Caldwell speaking on groundwater ownership, to Diboll discussing eminent domain and pipeline easements for forest landowners, to Corrigan on Friday discussing grazing leases, water law, and generational transfer.  Each stop had an outstanding turn out and great participants who were engaged and interested in the topics.  Folks like that make my job more fun!  A big thanks to all of… Read More →

July 25, 2014 Weekly Round Up

It has been a warm, humid week here in Aggieland!  Here are a few ag law stories making the news recently. * Plaintiffs’ Attorney Explains Case Against Prius Audit Firm.  An attorney representing 46 plaintiffs who were injured or killed from a 2011 listeria outbreak traced to a cantaloupe farm in Colorado wrote a very interesting blog about the suits his clients have filed against the audit firm who gave the farm a superior rating in the days just before the tainted fruit was shipped.  The attorney discusses the facts, legal… Read More →

What Are “Ag-Gag” Laws?

Recently, so-called “ag-gag” laws (often more formally titled as agricultural protection statutes) have frequently been in the news across the country.  Progressive Cattlemen magazine asked me to write an article explaining exactly what these laws are and how they work. Although about half of U.S. states have attempted to pass “ag gag” laws, only seven have been successful.  Details of the laws vary across the seven states in which they have been adopted (North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Utah, Iowa, Missouri, and Idaho), their general purpose is to prohibit a person… Read More →

April 11, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* I hope everyone had a fantastic week and has fun plans for the weekend!  This week I traveled out to Brownwood, Texas on Tuesday to give a presentation on agricultural leases, eminent domain, and pipeline easements.  A big thank you to Brown County Extension Agent Scott Anderson for putting this program together.  I enjoyed the chance to visit with several local landowners during and after the program, so welcome to those of you joining us from Brown… Read More →

March 28, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* I have been traveling a lot of miles lately speaking at various extension programs across Texas.  Last week I was in West Texas where I spoke at three great presentations in Rankin, Big Lake, and Van Horn.  This week I’ve been in Bell County and in Canton speaking at cattlemen’s conferences.  Welcome to the new readers from these presentations!  Here are a few ag law stories making the news over the last couple of weeks. *Texas… Read More →

March 7, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* Here are a look at some of the ag law stories making news this first week of March. *United States Sides with Texas in Water Dispute against New Mexico, Seeks to Join Suit.  Last week, the Solicitor General, on behalf of the United States, filed a Motion for Leave to Intervene as a Plaintiff in the Supreme Court case pitting Texas against New Mexico in a battle over water in the Rio Grande.  The Solicitor General echoed the… Read More →

October 11, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Thank you all for your comments and emails on the Surface Water Issues blog that was posted earlier this week.  These are major issues that are important not only to agriculture in Texas, but to all people nationwide. To wrap up the week, here is a list of a few ag law stories making news this week.  Have a great weekend!   (First)  A group of animal rights activists, including PETA and the Animal Legal Defense… Read More →