Monthly Archives: September 2022

September 30, 2022 Weekly Round Up

It is hard to believe we have reached the end of September.  It has been a busy couple of weeks in the agricultural law realm. *Ag policy lesson from Dr. Outlaw.  Dr. Joe Outlaw offered an important ag policy lesson earlier this week on the Southern Ag Today website talking about unintended consequences. He discussed a proposed rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission on climate-related disclosures and how the requirement could have major impacts on agriculture.  [Read article here.] *EPA sued over alleged FOIA violations.  The Center… Read More →

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  This topic is one that is near and dear to my heart, and each year I take the opportunity to discuss the issues of mental health and suicide.  This year, I’ve got several different projects to share. Recovering Loudly  I was thrilled to be joined by Maddie Caldwell for an episode of my Ag Law in the Field Podcast.  Maddie is living by one of her favorite quotes, “if we recover loudly, we keep others from dying quietly.”  I am so grateful… Read More →

September 16, 2022 Weekly Round Up

I apologize for missing our last weekly round up post.  We’re back today with lots of agricultural law news from around the country. *Settlement deadline looming in Texas v. New Mexico water lawsuit.  Michael Melloy has given Texas and New Mexico until September 23 to reach a settlement in the ongoing Texas v. New Mexico water lawsuit currently pending at the US Supreme Court.  If the parties fail to meet that deadline, the case is set to go to trial, set in Cedar Rapids, IA, in January.  [Read article… Read More →

USDA-NASS Releases 2022 Cash Rent Report

Each year, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts a nationwide survey to gather data and compile a report showing average cash rental rates across the United States.  Please note that all reported cash rent amounts are listed in a per acre/per year format. To view the database with the data for each state, click here.  To view the database with data for each county in the US, click here.  To view the report for Texas, broken down by region and county, click here. Here’s how things broke… Read More →

Court Addresses Adverse Possession in Dispute Between Neighbors

When two families who have owned land for generations ended up in a dispute over a portion of property, the San Antonio Court of Appeals found itself in the middle of an adverse possession case pitting neighbor against neighbor in Kothmann v. Menzies.  [Read opinion here.] Background This case involves a tract of land in Menard County referred to as Section 61.  The Kody Kothmann 1992 Irrevocable Trust owns the land, which formerly belonged to Kody Kothmann’s parents, and prior to that, to his maternal grandfather.  The adjacent… Read More →