Monthly Archives: May 2014

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 →

Cases Illustrate Care Needed in Reserving Mineral Rights

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* Two recent Texas appellate court decisions illustrate the level of care required when reserving mineral rights during a property sale.   Cade v. Cosgrove In September 2006, the Cades and Cosgroves entered into a contract by which the Cades agreed to sell property in Arlington, Texas, to the Cosgroves.  At the time of the sale, the mineral rights had been leased to an oil production company.  The parties’ sales contract stated clearly that the Cades were to reserve… Read More →

Texas Grazing Lease Checklist Available

In the past year, I have given over 20 presentations on grazing leases to over 1,100 folks, mostly Texas landowners and producers.  It is clear that leasing is an important issue in Texas! In light of that, I prepared a checklist of terms for parties to consider when negotiating or drafting a grazing lease.  I am excited to announce that the publication is now officially available online…..for free! In order to obtain a copy, click here.  This will take you to the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Bookstore.  From there, just click “add to… Read More →