Monthly Archives: November 2021

Ag Law in the Field Podcast: Episodes 101-110

We just keep rolling along with our Ag Law in the Field Podcast episodes.  Our show continues to grow in popularity and we appreciate those of you who are listeners! If you aren’t familiar with Ag Law in the Field or with podcasts in general, don’t panic.  This is simply another resource that I have available for you to learn more about Texas agricultural law.  Each episode is audio-only, and I interview an ag lawyer about a specific topic.  The best part…you can listen for free!  In the… Read More →

Day in the Life of an Ag Lawyer Podcast Series

Have you ever wondered what career opportunities there are for an agricultural lawyer?  I talk to a lot of high school, college, and law students who are interested in ag law, but aren’t sure what options that might offer.  Because of this, I decided to host a five-part podcast series, “A Day in the Life of an Ag Lawyer.” I recruited friends of mine in various aspects of agricultural law from around the country and asked them questions about what their typical day is like, what their favorite… Read More →

Save the Dates: 2022 Owning Your Piece of Texas & Ranchers Leasing Workshops

We are excited to announce our live program dates for 2022. Owning Your Piece of Texas: Key Laws Texas Landowners Need to Know This one-of-a-kind program offers rural landowners and agricultural producers in Texas an overview of many of the key agricultural law issues that they could face. From landowner liability to eminent domain, special use tax valuation to fence law, we address practical issues in a way that makes them understandable to Texans. I will be joined by several guest speakers who are experts in these areas… Read More →

Case Addresses Easement Access for Landlocked Parcel

The issue of accessing landlocked property in Texas is one on which I get calls at least once a week.  There is a lot of misinformation out there about accessing landlocked property.  A recent case from the Ft. Worth Court of Appeals looked at whether the owner of one parcel had the right to cross two adjacent parcels to reach a public road.  [Read full opinion here.]   Background This case involved a stretch of land in Mansfield, Texas.  In 1999, Mr. Maxey, the owner, divided the property into… Read More →

November 12, 2021 Weekly Round Up

Welcome to another agricultural law weekly round up.  Here are some of the stories in the news over the past couple of weeks. *PRF (Rainfall Insurance) deadline is December 1 for 2022 sign up.  Did you know you can purchase rainfall insurance?  Essentially, PRF insurance allows you to insure a percentage of normal rainfall for your area, and you trigger a payment if rainfall falls below your insured percentage.  This can be a great risk management tool for livestock producers who have cattle or other livestock on grass. … Read More →

Texas Corn Producers Successful Succession Resources Available!

Earlier this year, Texas Corn Producers asked me to work with them on a really important project.  Successful Succession is focused on providing information and resources for farm and ranch families to plan for the future.  We worked together to create a resource guide and a three-hour video series discussing issues related to estate and succession planning for farm and ranch families.  Thanks to grant funding from the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center, these resources are available for free on the Texas Corn Producers website. These issues… Read More →

Prescribed Burning Liability Considerations

If you are involved in a prescribed burn in any capacity–a landowner, lessee, Certified & Insured Prescribed Burn Manager, burn boss, assisting with the fire–you need to take time to understand the law related to liability if the burn causes damage or injury. The Texas Legislature recently made changes to the prescribed burning liability statute. Dr. Morgan Treadwell and I recently  published a fact sheet outlining how Texas law works with regard to liability where prescribed burns are involved. To view the fact sheet, click here.