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Top 100 Legal Blog Award

I am excited and honored to announce that the Texas Agriculture Law Blog has been named a Top 100 legal blog by the American Bar Association.  To view the Top 100 list, click here.  Thank you to those who nominated us! Now, the competition continues.  The 100 winners have been divided into 13 separate categories.  This blog is in the “Niche” category.  The ABA is allowing people to vote for their favorite blog in each category and will name a winner for each in December. I need your… Read More →

Questions from Tiffany’s Desk: My Neighbor Wants to Build a Fence…

Question:  My neighbor wants to build a fence on the property line dividing our land because he wants to run cattle on his property.  I do not object to his desire to have livestock on his land or his building the fence.  He insists that I pay for half of the fence.  Do I have a legal responsibility to help finance this fence that will be built on the property line? Answer:  No, Texas case law makes clear that a landowner has no legal obligation to help finance… Read More →

New Mexico Green Chile Advertising Act

As a native New Mexican, the fall means that it is my favorite time of the year….green chile season.  My home state is famous for our flavorful green chile crop and for good reason! New Mexico recently passed an interesting law  to ensure that only green chile that is truly New Mexican may be advertised as such within the state.  This law illustrates the importance of this agricultural crop to the State of New Mexico and helps to ensure truth in advertising.  Because numerous other states have similarly… Read More →

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 →