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2016 Land Values Summary Released

In addition to the Cash Rent Report that we discussed last week, the USDA also published its yearly Land Values Summary earlier this month.  This survey looks at land prices and values nationwide.  To view the full report, click here. Farm Real Estate Value First up is the farm real estate value, which looks at the value of all land and buildings on farms.  A farm is defined as “any establishment from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were sold or would normally be sold during the… Read More →

First American Agricultural Law Association Teleforum This Thursday!

What do you have planned for your lunch hour on Thursday?  Stale sandwich?  Taking a nap?  A jog on the treadmill? For those of you interested in agricultural law, environmental law, water, law, or all of the above, we are excited to announce the Inaugural American Agricultural Law Association Teleforum will be held this Thursday, July 28 at 12:00 CST. The Teleconference is free for everyone to join and listen to attorneys who were actually involved in the Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes case talk about the case, the… Read More →

ABA Blawg 100 Nominations Are Open!

It’s that time of year again…the American Bar Association is taking nominations for its list of the top 100 legal blogs (called “Blawgs”).  [Read press release here.] To nominate the Texas Agriculture Law Blog, just click here and fill out the quick nomination form.  The deadline for submissions is August 7, 2016.   We are hoping that the third time is the charm and we make the list for a third year in a row.  For the last two years, we’ve been the only agriculture law blog to… Read More →

Violations of Veterinary Feed Directive Could Lead To Stiff Penalties

The Veterinary Feed Directive has been in the news a great deal lately.  This prior blog post explained the rule and the impacts it will have on producers.  One important issue, however, has not been frequently discussed.  What are the potential penalties faced by a person who violated the rules of the Veterinary Feed Directive? Background The Veterinary Feed Directive will make three significant changes to how medicated feed may be used by livestock producers.  First, many drug labels are currently being modified to limit the use of… Read More →

April 15, 2016 Weekly Round Up

First, I want to apologize to those of you attending the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Convention for my absence last Friday.  We had a family medical emergency pop up on my way to Ft. Worth that required me to turn around and come home.  I’m happy to report that all is well now and hopefully my husband’s grandfather is on the mend.  Second, it’s been another busy week in the ag law realm. Here are some of the key stories in the news. * Texas Water Development… Read More →

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Texas Agriculture Law Blog would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!   We look forward to being back in January to share more agricultural law information and happenings.  In the meantime, we are looking forward to the holiday break with our families. Thank you for your support!

ABA Blawg 100 Honoree

For the second year in a row, the Texas Agriculture Law Blog was named a top 100 legal blog (“Blawg 100”) by the American Bar Association. According to the ABA, “for us, at the ABA Journal, this isn’t just another award. We view our annual list as service to our readers, pointing them to a collection of some of the very best legal writing and commentary on the Web. Yes, we hope those selected are proud of it. But we also hope that our readers will recognize the… Read More →

Short Pause in Weekly Round Ups

There will be a short pause in our normal Weekly Round Up posts each Friday.  Before you get upset, know that I have a good excuse.  My husband and I recently welcomed our first child, a baby boy named Braun. I will be on maternity leave for a couple of months.  Although regular blog posts will continue, I will be unable to keep up with the Weekly Round Up. Weekly Round Up will continue as soon as I return to work. For those of you need your weekly… Read More →

It’s ABA Top 100 Blawg Nomination Time!

Now that we are in the heat of summer, it’s time to nominate your favorite legal blogs for the American Bar Association’s list of the Top 100 legal blogs (creatively called “Blawgs”). To nominate the Texas Agriculture Law Blog, just click here and fill out the quick nomination form.  The deadline for submissions is August 16, 2015.   Last year, we were extremely honored to be recognized as one of the Top 100 legal blogs in the nation, and the only agricultural law blog to receive recognition.  This… Read More →

New Mexico Court of Appeals: Agriculture Exclusion to Workers’ Compensation Act Unconstitutional

A recent decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals is receiving much attention from the agricultural industry.  In Rodriguez v. Brand West Dairy, the New Mexico Court of Appeals held that a provision excluding  farm and ranch laborers from coverage is  unconstitutional as it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the New Mexico Constitution.  [Read full opinion here.] Factual Background Two agricultural laborers were injured during their employment in the New Mexico agriculture industry.  Aguirre was injured while picking chile for M.A. & Sons Chili Products.  Rodriguez was… Read More →