Category Archives: Weekly Round Up

January 17, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* It has been a busy week for agricultural law-related stories.  Here are a few of the headlines making news this week. *  Texas Supreme Court Orders TransCanada Response to Appeal.   The Texas Supreme Court has ordered TransCanada to respond for a petition for review filed by Texas landowner Julia Trigg Crawford.  Trigg Crawford has appealed the trial court decision (affirmed by the appellate court) challenging the ability of TransCanada to use the power of eminent domain to take a portion of… Read More →

January 10, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* Last Friday I was able to speak at the Central Texas Cow/Calf Clinic at the Milano Livestock Exchange.  It was a great crowd and I enjoyed the chance to visit with them about the importance of written leases.  As a country girl myself with fond memories of going to the sale barn with my dad, I have to say that this was my favorite presentation location so far.  Welcome to the new readers from that presentation!… Read More →

January 3, 2014 Weekly Update

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Happy New Year!  Here are some of the ag law stories in the news this first week of 2014. *EPA Appeals Alt Decision.  The EPA has filed an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Alt v. EPA.  As you read about on this prior blog, the trial court found that manure runoff from the Alt farm constituted agricultural storm runoff and, therefore, was not required to obtain a NPDES… Read More →

December 20, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Here are some of the ag law-related stories making the news this week. *  Dallas Passes Strict Fracking Limitation.  The City of Dallas voted last week to impose one of the strictest fracking ordinances in the country, requiring oil wells to be 1500 feet away from “protected areas” including homes, schools, and churches.  This ordinance greatly increases the set back distance, which currently is 300 feet.  [Read article here.] *  New York Times Article Focuses on Rio… Read More →

December 13, 2013 Weely Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Earlier this week I was able to head south to Refugio to speak to producers about water law at a tri-county CEU Day with participants from Refugio, Bee and Goliad Counties.  Welcome to the new readers from the presentation!  It has been a busy week for ag law news.  Here are some of the stories making headlines. Federal Rule Will Prevent Prosecution of Wind Companies for Killing Birds.  In response to the Duke Energy settlement (which you read… Read More →

November 29, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** This week’s Round Up is coming on Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  I wish you all save travels and a great holiday with family and friends!  Here are the ag law stories making news this final week of November. *  Texas Lawmakers Threaten International Boundary and Water Commission.  The battle between the United States and Mexico for water in South Texas continues to expand.  Texas Congressmen John Cornyn and Filemon Vela recently sent a letter to… Read More →

November 22, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** This week I was able to speak to two different groups on ag law issues.  On Monday, I was in Waxahachie, Texas speaking with folks at the Ellis County Beef and Forage Producer Meeting about agricultural leases.  Over the last two weeks, I have also been guest lecturing for Professor Fred Boadu’s undergraduate ag law course here at Texas A&M.  Welcome to the new readers from the meeting and the class!  Here is a look at… Read More →

November 15, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** It was a busy week across the country for ag law issues.  Today we have updates from issues in Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Colorado. *  Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Seeks Funding from Congress for Endangered Species Act Analysis.  The Comptroller was in Washington, DC this week to pitch her idea that Congress create a $50 million National Science Fund to conduct independent research into animals proposed to be listed as endangered species, which would factor in… Read More →

November 8, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** *  Proposition 6 Passes.  With a 73% vote, Texas voters passed Proposition 6 on Tuesday, allowing $2 billion to be moved from the State’s Rainy Day Fund into a revolving fund to provide funding for water infrastructure, supply, and conservation projects.  The funds will be used to provide low interest loans in order to assist communities and utilities with completing projects identified as necessary under the 2012 Texas Water Plan.  The selection of projects to receive the… Read More →

November 1, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Although this week was light on ag law news, but it has been a busy one for me.  On Tuesday evening I was able to speak at the Walker County Fall Hay Evaluation in Huntsville.  Welcome to the new readers who attended that great event!  On Thursday, I headed to Wisconsin and am currently attending the American Agricultural Law Association Conference.  It has been a great meeting so far and I look forward to sharing some of the information that… Read More →