Category Archives: Weekly Round Up

October 18, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Here are a look at some of the stories related to agricultural law in the news this week.   1.  A bill, titled the Water Rights Protection Act, has been introduced in the United States Congress that would prohibit the US Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of the Interior from conditioning any permit, lease, or other right to use federal property upon the granting of a water right to the United States.   [Read proposed bill here.]  The American… Read More →

October 11, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Thank you all for your comments and emails on the Surface Water Issues blog that was posted earlier this week.  These are major issues that are important not only to agriculture in Texas, but to all people nationwide. To wrap up the week, here is a list of a few ag law stories making news this week.  Have a great weekend!   (First)  A group of animal rights activists, including PETA and the Animal Legal Defense… Read More →

September 27, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** It has been a busy week for ag law-related stories in the news.  Here are recaps of some of the major stories this week. *  AQHA Files Appeal in Cloning Suit.  The American Quarter Horse Association filed its formal notice of appeal on Monday.  As you’ve previously read, this summer an Amarillo jury ruled against the AQHA, finding that its rules prohibit the registration of clones violate federal and state antitrust laws.  On August 22, Judge… Read More →

September 20, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Here are a couple of ag law stories making the news this week. *  Texas water law has been in the national news.   The New York Times ran an article last week discussing Texas water law in light of the Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Bragg decision.  [Read article here.]  If you missed the summary of the Bragg decision previously on this blog, click here. *  Water flow to Matagorda Bay may be curtailed.  On Wednesday, the Lower… Read More →

September 13, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Here are some of the agricultural law stories making news this second week of September. *  Texas Groundwater Summit Presentations.  A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Texas Groundwater Summit in San Marcos.  It was a great conference put on by the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts.  The presentations ranged from discussions about the basic authority of Groundwater Conservation Districts, to legal updates, to House Bill 4, to the potential use of brackish water, to… Read More →

September 6, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Yesterday I attended the 40th Annual Sheep and Goat Field Day in San Angelo, Texas.  It was a great turn out and a great program.  Welcome to the new followers who attended the Field Day. Here’s a look at some of the ag law-related stories making news this week. *  New York’s highest appellate court will decide whether municipalities have the right to ban fracking.  In New York, the regulation of oil and gas production is… Read More →

August 30, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Although several of this week’s major Texas court cases were discussed in yesterday’s blog post, here are some additional ag law stories making headlines this final week of August. 1.  Even Congressmen are confused over the EPA’s plans to enforce the Spill, Prevention, Containment, and Countermeasure (“SPCC”) rule against farmers.  Senators Inhofe and Pryor recently wrote a letter to the EPA “requesting clarification” of the EPA’s interpretation of its own authority to begin retroactive enforcement of the SPCC rule on… Read More →

August 23, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** It was a busy week for ag law news.  Here are a few of the stories making headlines this week. *  This week Governor Perry announced his three appointees to the Texas Water Development Board.  The make-up of the Board changed after the passing of House Bill 4, which modified the board from 6 volunteer members to 3 members employed by the state.  Each member will be paid $150,000 per year.  Governor Perry’s appointees are Chairman Carols… Read More →

August 16, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Here are a few ag law items making the news this week.   * AQHA Case Update.  Many of you were interested in the blog post last week discussing the recent jury verdict against the American Quarter Horse Association’s ban on registration of cloned animals.  This week, the judge in that case entered an injunction that requires the AQHA to begin registering clones and their offspring.  The judge also considered the plaintiffs’ claim seeking to recover nearly $900,000 in attorney fees from… Read More →

August 9, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Earlier this week I participated in the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course here in College Station.  It is an amazing event and it was great to see so many cattle producers (and cowboy hats!) around campus.  For new readers joining us from Short Course, welcome!  Here are a few ag law stories making headlines this week. * Whopping Cranes Could Harm Water Supply.  On Thursday the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court… Read More →