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Registration Open for the American Agricultural Law Association Annual Symposium

Attention to all you agricultural attorneys out there! The American Agricultural Law Association will be holding our annual AALA symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 19-21, 2014.  I’ve been attending this CLE for 5 years now and always find it very informative and a great opportunity to meet with ag attorneys from across the country. I am a member of the planning committee and can tell you that there are great sessions and presenters planned for the program, including topics like The 2014 Farm Bill, Water Law Hot… Read More →

ABA Blawg 100 Nominations

It’s that time of year again when the American Bar Association is seeking nominations to help it decide on the Top 100 law blogs (“Blawgs”).  The ABA is accepting nominations from now until August 8, 2014.  To nominate the Texas Ag Law Blog, just click here and fill out the quick nomination form. And for your reading pleasure, here are a list of the Top 100 Blawgs last year!

Follow Me on Twitter!

Just in case you want to have access to even more ag law news, I am now on Twitter!  Plus, they tell me I am limited to 140 characters, so I will have to be far more brief than I am on the Texas Agriculture Law Blog! I will be posting links to various ag law stories, keeping you up to date on my presentation schedule, and whatever else folks do on Twitter. You can find me here at @TiffDowell. Happy Tweeting!

Upcoming Presentations in the News

Several of my upcoming presentations have made the news as of late.  In order to enjoy my 15 minutes of fame and be sure that you are all aware of these seminars if they are in your area, I am sharing more details about several of these upcoming programs.  To view a complete list of my upcoming speaking engagements, click here.   Grayson County:  This Thursday, June 12, 2014, I will be speaking in Sherman, Texas, at the Grayson County Courthouse.  This program, Mineral Rights and Pipeline Negotiations,… Read More →

14 in ’14 Article on Energy

I was recently quoted in a monthly series called “14 in ’14,” which highlights some of the recent efforts and accomplishments of the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service.     This particular article focuses on energy and the impact of the oil and gas boom going on across Texas.  The impacts of increased oil production are felt in many ways, including population increases, economic growth, and increased tax bases in communities near oil-rich areas.  In fact, 11 Texas counties are ranked in the top 50 fastest growing counties in the United States.  As the… Read More →

Cotton Contracting Considerations

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* Recently, the Texas Farm Bureau published an article written by Dr. John Robinson, the cotton marketing specialist here at Texas A&M and myself titled Cotton Contracting Considerations in its Texas Agriculture Magazine. The article discusses the historic use of forward contracts in selling agricultural commodities, the advantages and disadvantages of using these commodity sales contracts, and historical patters regarding contracting and marketing pools.  Dr. Robinson also discusses the 2010 cotton crop, for which prices rose to historic highs… Read More →

A Shooting Range Controversy in North Carolina

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* A North Carolina judge will soon decide whether a shooting range is considered “agri-tourism” under state law.  The impact of this decision will determine whether the shooting range is subject to local zoning laws, but could have further impact on what activities are classified as “agri-tourism” under the law. Background Under a series of state statutes, North Carolina allows for “agri-tourism” to occur on farms and ranches throughout the state without obtaining county zoning approval.  The statute, however, did not list… Read More →

January 24, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* It has been a bit of a whirlwind week around here!  On Tuesday evening I was in Glen Rose speaking about water law at the 15th Annual Central Texas Beef Cattle Seminar.  Thursday found me in Vernon speaking at the Master Marketer program on agricultural leases.  Both programs had great turn outs, great questions from the participants, and great food (always a plus!)  Welcome to the new readers from those events. Here are a few stories… Read More →

Court Rules for Llama Owners in Lawsuit Involving Attack

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** In November, the Illinois Court of Appeals granted summary judgment for defendants in a case involving a llama who attacked a high school student hired by the llama’s owners to work on their farm.  The result likely would have been different under Texas or New Mexico law. Background The plaintiff was hired by the defendants to work on their pet store and family farm.  Even after his employment ended, the plaintiff still periodically cared for the farm animals… Read More →

Merry Christmas from the Texas Agriculture Law Blog!

Merry Christmas from the Texas Agriculture Law Blog!  I hope you are all enjoying time with your friends and family.  Weekly Round Up will be back next week.  For today, I will leave you with a newspaper clipping that I read earlier this week and really resonated with me.  I think you all will enjoy!