Category Archives: Big Data

February 10, 2017 Weekly Round Up

This week I traveled to Plainview for the Hale/Swisher County Crops Conference.  Welcome to those of you joining from that presentation.  Here are some of the ag law stories in the news this week. * New I-9 Form required to be used by employers.  The Department of Labor has updated the I-9 Form.  No major modifications were made, but employers should be aware of and utilize the new form as of January 22, 2017.  For more background on the I-9 requirements, click here to read a fact sheet… Read More →

September 9, 2016 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!  Here are some of the agricultural law stories in the news this week. * Bird cannons causing trouble for neighbors.  One of the more common nuisance claims involving agricultural operations are those involving propane cannons used to keep birds away from fruits like grapes and blueberries.  Oftentimes, neighbors complain about the sound from these cannons, which can fire off every few seconds for hours a day.  Right to Farm statutes are an important line of defense for farmers facing this type of complaint, if the state’s… Read More →

June 17, 2016 Weekly Round Up

It’s been a hot one around here this week!  Hope you all have a safe, cool weekend.  Here are some of the agricultural law stories in the news this week. * Texas Lawmaker Asks for Decision in Eminent Domain Authority for High Speed Rail.  State Representative Byron Cook is seeking an opinion from the Texas Attorney General as to whether Texas Central Partners, a private company planning a high speed train project from Dallas to Houston has eminent domain power for this endeavor.  In 2015, a Senate bill… Read More →

June 10, 2016 Weekly Round Up

We have several new blog readers this week thanks to several presentations I’ve given recently.  Two weeks ago, I was in Lubbock for the 10th Annual State Bar of Texas John Huffaker Agricultural Law Course.  In my book, this is absolute must-attend for any agricultural law attorneys!  Kudos to course directors David Waggoner and Trace Blair for all of their hard work.  Last week, I traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma and Ft. Worth, Texas for our Ranchers’ Leasing Workshops, funded by the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center.  We… Read More →

February 12, 2016 Weekly Round Up

I kicked off the week at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association meetings in San Antonio.  Fellow ag lawyers Paul Goeringer, Ashley Ellixon, and I presented on undercover videos and private property rights at the meeting.  We enjoyed some great discussion from attendees about a variety of issues facing agriculture! * Big Data: Big Potential, Big Problems.  Big data has been a hot topic of conversation in agriculture for the last couple of years.  [Read prior Big Data blog series here.]  As we see more and more data collection… Read More →

December 11, 2015 Weekly Round Up

We have reached another Friday!  This week I was on the road to speak at the Swisher County Ag Day on the top legal developments in 2015.  Thanks to John Vialba and Glenda Gibson for all their hard work to put on a great event and for inviting me to participate.  For those of you interested in that topic, stay tuned next week for a blog recapping the year in ag law!  To those of you joining the blog from the Swisher County Ag Day, welcome! Here are… Read More →

Big Data on the Farm (Part III): Non-Disclosure Agreements

This is the final post in our three-part series based on a paper co-authored by myself and Shannon Ferrell of Oklahoma State University. As you can tell from our last blog post in this series, there is not a legal framework specifically suited for the protection of agricultural data.  Trade secret comes closest, and if indeed a farmer can prove their data is protectable information (with the burden of such proof resting on the farmer), no written agreement between parties is needed for trade secret law to apply.  However,… Read More →

Big Data on the Farm (Part II): What Laws Might Protect It?

Today we continue in our Big Data on the Farm Series by looking at what laws may apply to protect farmers’ data.  As I mentioned in Part I, this three-part blog series comes from a paper co-authored by myself and Shannon Ferrell at Oklahoma State University. When the topic of big data is brought up, many farmers’ first reaction is to ask how they can protect their information from others?  An adequate legal analysis of this question must necessarily start with determining who actually owns the data in… Read More →

Big Data on the Farm (Part I): What Is It?

Big data.  These words have been swirling around coffee shops, field days, and agricultural press over the last couple of years.  Recently, Shannon Ferrell and I wrote a paper discussing big data and drone use in agriculture.  Because this is such an important topic, I thought I would do a three-part series on this issue in the coming weeks.  Today, we will kick things off with the introductory question:  What is big data? Definition One recent Forbes article addressed this issue and explained the confusion surrounding the term.  The… Read More →

Drones & Agriculture: Where Are We Now?

I write a monthly legal column for Progressive Cattleman Magazine, a great publication that you should definitely be subscribing to!  Last month, my article focused on drone use in American agriculture.  This is an extremely hot-button issue and a technology that could have great impacts on our  industry.  The article outlines current drone law, proposed FAA regulations, and the pros and cons of this technological advancement. To read my article, click here.