Category Archives: Leases

Key Solar Lease Considerations for Landowners

In the last few months, I have heard from several Texas landowners who have been contacted by solar companies seeking to lease agricultural land for solar projects.  There is surprisingly little information available for landowners considering the pros and cons of entering into a solar lease agreement.  This article outlines some of the key considerations for landowners considering and/or negotiating a solar lease. As always, I highly recommend that landowners consult an experienced attorney to review any lease agreement before it is signed.  As Stamford, Texas attorney James… Read More →

May 27, 2016 Weekly Round Up

It has been a busy couple of weeks around here, sorry for the delay in Weekly Round Up posts!  Recently, Atascoca County Extension Agent, Dale Rankin, had me present online to a couple of different extension meetings in south Texas.  Next up, I traveled to Austin to attend the Stiles Farm Legislative Field Day.  There were a number of legislators and their staffers at this event, where we were able to showcase and educate about agriculture and issues important to the industry.  Kudos to Ryan Collett and his team for… Read More →

Upcoming Leasing Workshops Hosted by Agrilife Extension

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5668, tiffany.dowelllashmet@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Three Rancher Leasing Workshops covering grazing, hunting and livestock leases will be held in June in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Fort Worth and Amarillo. The free workshops will be hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and funded by the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center, said Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo. “Although leasing of land for grazing and hunting, as well as leasing of livestock, is prevalent across Texas, Oklahoma and… Read More →

April 1, 2016 Weekly Round Up

This week found me in west Texas speaking at county extension meetings in Reagan, Coke, and Upton Counties.  Many thanks to county extension agents Chase McPhaul, Morgan Runyan, and Raymond Quigg for the invitations.  Welcome to those of you new to the blog from these programs.  Here are some of the ag law stories in the news this week. * US Supreme Court Hears Argument in Hawkes Clean Water Act Case.  This week, oral argument was held in an important Clean Water Act case at the United States Supreme… Read More →

March 11, 2016 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday to everyone!  There were lots of interesting ag law stories in the news this week.  Let’s take a look. * Mexico Complies with Rio Grande Treaty Obligations.  You may remember from this prior post the long running dispute between Texas and Mexico regarding water owed to the US under the 1944 Rio Grande Treaty.  For several years, Mexico had been behind on the required water delivery.  As of January 25, the International Boundary and Water Commission confirmed that Texas had delivered all water owed under the… Read More →

February 19, 2016 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!    Before we get started, one last reminder of the Oil and Gas Leasing Seminar we will be putting on on Monday from 9-12 noon in College Station at the Hildebrand Equine Center (3240 F&B Road, College Station).  There is no required registration, no fees, and we will have parking passes for everyone.  So feel free to join us! Here are some of the agricultural law issues in the news recently. * Bragg case back in court.  The high-profile Texas water law case, Bragg v. Edwards Aquifer Authority, is… Read More →

February 5, 2016 Weekly Round Up

Yesterday I enjoyed the chance to attend and present the keynote address at the High Plains Irrigation Conference in Amarillo.  Thanks to Dr. Dana Porter for the invitation and welcome to those of you new to the blog from the conference. It was a rather slow week in the agricultural law realm, but here are a few stories in the news recently. * Oil and Gas Leasing Program Set for College Station.  Shannon Ferrell and I will be putting on a FREE oil and gas leasing workshop in College… Read More →

Landowners Should Play Closer Attention To Grazing Leases

Recently, I spoke at the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference in Wichita Falls to a full house of cattlemen and cattlewomen about the importance of drafting grazing leases.  Jennifer Latzke, a reporter with the High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal was in attendance and drafted a great article discussing this issue. Landowners Should Pay Closer Attention To Grazing Leases Jennifer Latzke, High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal Handshake deals are one of the hallmarks of the Western rancher. But, lawyer Tiffany Dowell-Lashmet has seen how handshake deals and verbal agreements can fall apart when… Read More →

2015 Cash Rent Statistics Available

As they do each year, the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (“NASS”) has published the cash rent statistics for 2015.  The results are obtained by a survey of farmers conducted by NASS. Nationwide, the survey results are as follows: Pastureland: $14/acre (up $2.00 from 2014) Non-irrigated cropland: $133/acre (up $3.00 from 2014) Irrigated cropland: $209/acre (up $1.00 from 2014)   For Texas, the survey results are as follows: Pastureland:  $7.50/acre (up $1.00 from 2014) Non-irrigated cropland:  $29.00 (up $2.00 from 2014) Irrigated cropland:  $82.00 (down $5.00 from 2014)… Read More →

Iowa Farm Lease Case Offers Reminder of Importance of Written Agreements

A case recently decided by the Iowa Court of Appeals offers an important lesson for farm landlords and tenants when it comes to drafting leases:  all terms of a lease should be contained in the written lease agreement. Background Beginning in 2006, Four Acres began leasing 690 acres of Iowa farmland from Mr. Peck.  The parties signed a lease agreement that provided the lease would be for a term of 1 year for 689.5 acres, for which the tenant (Four Acres) agreed to pay $195.00.  The equal payments… Read More →