Category Archives: Federal Regulations

April 11, 2014 Weekly Round Up

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 County! Here are a few ag law stories in the news this… Read More →

Lesser Prairie Chicken Listed as “Threatened” Under Endangered Species Act

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* (Sorry for the interruption in our Eminent Domain in Texas series, but this was important news that we needed to cover.  We will return to our Eminent Domain in Texas series with the final post next week.) Last week, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it would list the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened” pursuant to the federal Endangered Species Act.  This listing–a step below a listing of endangered–will afford protection to the… Read More →

April 4, 2014 Weekly Round Up

This week I have been making the rounds from Indianapolis, Indiana to Athens, Texas!  In Indianapolis, Paul Goeringer (University of Maryland Extension) and I presented at the Women in Agriculture Educators Conference on legal risk management, where I specifically focused on water law education in Texas.  Additionally, I presented at the Cattleman’s Cow-Calf Clinic in Athens, Texas.  Henderson County Extension Agent Rick Hirsch and his cattle committee did a great job of planning this clinic and I enjoyed the chance to speak with producers about grazing and farm leases.  Hello and welcome to… 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 25, 2013 Weekly Round Up

***This blog is not intended as a substitute for the advice of an attorney.***   A wide variety of ag law stories were in the news this week.  Here is a recap.   AQHA Seeks Delay in Registering Clones During Appeal:  The AQHA is seeking permission from a federal judge to delay in complying with an order to register cloned horses and their offspring pending a decision on the pending appeal.  In July, a jury found that the AQHA’s rules banning registration of cloned horses violated anti-trust laws. … Read More →

September 13, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Here are some of the agricultural law stories making news this second week of September. *  Texas Groundwater Summit Presentations.  A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Texas Groundwater Summit in San Marcos.  It was a great conference put on by the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts.  The presentations ranged from discussions about the basic authority of Groundwater Conservation Districts, to legal updates, to House Bill 4, to the potential use of brackish water, to… Read More →

August 30, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Although several of this week’s major Texas court cases were discussed in yesterday’s blog post, here are some additional ag law stories making headlines this final week of August. 1.  Even Congressmen are confused over the EPA’s plans to enforce the Spill, Prevention, Containment, and Countermeasure (“SPCC”) rule against farmers.  Senators Inhofe and Pryor recently wrote a letter to the EPA “requesting clarification” of the EPA’s interpretation of its own authority to begin retroactive enforcement of the SPCC rule on… Read More →

July 19, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** We’re coming to the end of another week.  Here are some of the top ag law-related stories making headlines. 1.  Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed a Farm Bill, after splitting out the nutrition portion for consideration at a later date.  House leaders say that a vote on the nutrition portion of the bill may come within the next week or two.  In the meantime, it waits to be seen what will happen when… Read More →