Category Archives: Extension Publications

Extension Fact Sheet: Solar Lease Considerations

Many Texas landowners have recently been contacted by solar companies about potentially leasing their farm or ranchland for a solar energy project. I recently published a Fact Sheet outlining just a few considerations that landowners need to be aware of when approached by a solar company.  As always, I highly recommend consulting with an attorney who has experience negotiating solar lease agreements to protect your rights and your land before signing any lease agreement.  To download the fact sheet, click here. Additionally, if you missed the solar leasing… Read More →

Published Materials Tab

After a few folks had asked about where to get certain publications of mine, I added a new tab to this blog, titled “Published Materials.”  If you click on that tab, you will be able to find my recorded presentations and major publications all in one place.  Currently, we’ve got the following categories:  Recorded webinars; Handbooks; Fact Sheets; Law Review Articles; Continuing Legal Education Papers; and Forthcoming Publications. Feel free to check out the info under the Published Materials tab, all of which may be downloaded by just… Read More →

Ranchers’ Agricultural Leasing Handbook Available

Recently, my colleagues Shannon Ferrell (Oklahoma State), Rusty Rumley (National Agriculture Law Center), and I held a series of workshops around Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas discussing agricultural leases.  These programs were well attended (nearly 250 people total) and participants reported being very satisfied with the information they received.  The funding for these workshops and the handbook was provided through a grant from the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center and the USDA.  We certainly appreciate their support of these programs. We’d also like to offer a huge thank… Read More →

Extension Fact Sheet: Child Labor Law & Agriculture

I recently published an Extension Fact Sheet on the subject of child labor laws and agriculture.  This is a complex topic and one of which many producers need to be aware.  To download a copy of the fact sheet, click here.

Texas Oil & Gas Leasing Handbook Available

Last week, my colleague from Oklahoma State University, Shannon Ferrell, and I put on an oil and gas leasing workshop in College Station.  The program was well attended, participants asked excellent questions, and the final evaluations and comments were very positive from those who attended. The funding for this project was provided by the Southern Risk Management Education Center and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  We would also like to say a special thank you to Dr. Mark Waller, Tracy Davis, and Dusty Tittle for their… Read More →

Veterinary Feed Directive – What You Need To Know

Major changes to how producers can purchase many medicated feeds are on the way under the new Veterinary Feed Directive rule, passed by the FDA.  Three significant changes are coming: (1) many drug labels are currently being modified by limiting the drug’s use to therapeutic, rather than production uses; (2) all “medically important” antimicrobial drugs used in feed will no longer be “over the counter”; and (3) a veterinarian must complete a VFD form before a producer can purchase certain medicated feeds that fall under the definition. I… Read More →

Farm Labor and I-9 Compliance

Immigration is an extremely  hot topic in the news right now, and frankly a political issue I don’t want to touch with a 10 foot pole!   However, it is legally required for all employers, including all agricultural operations–be these large agribusinesses or small family farms–with at least one employee to comply with the form I-9 requirements.  I recently published a fact sheet discussing the requirements for employers with regard to I-9.  To access the fact sheet, just click here.  

Seed Law Fact Sheet

Earlier this year, I published a fact sheet related to seed saving laws.  There are a number of legal protections that may be afforded to different seeds.  It is critical that farmers understand these laws and investigate which of them might apply to any seeds that they plant.  To view the fact sheet, click here.

Syngenta Corn Lawsuits: Answers to Producers’ Questions

As we have previously discussed in several Weekly Round Up Posts, there have been numerous lawsuits filed across the county related against Syngenta related to a genetically modified corn seed that resulted in China rejecting shipments of US corn.   After receiving questions from numerous corn producers and agribusiness owners about exactly what was going on with these lawsuits, I have worked with attorneys William Chaney and Mitch Carthel to put together a Fact Sheet answering many of the questions frequently asked by producers. In order to obtain a… Read More →

Overview of the Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act has been in the news on nearly a daily basis this year.  We have seen new listings of several animals under the Act, which will impact landowners, farmers and ranchers, the oil and gas industry, and others in the areas in which the listed animals live.  In light of this, I developed an Extension Fact Sheet that provides a brief overview of the Act.  My intent is to give people an idea of how the act works, the major provisions, and the options available… Read More →