Category Archives: Extension Publications

Negotiating a Fair Cash Lease Rate in Texas

One of the most common questions I am asked is how much a person should charge (if a landowner) or pay (if a tenant) for an agricultural lease.  To help folks answer this question, I have put together a fact sheet listing several free resources available to Texas landowners that may help in this process.  From who to talk to at the coffee shop, to the United States Department of Agriculture surveys, to a Texas Land Value Trend report, to Agricultural Economics Department budgets, this fact sheet will… Read More →

Basics of Texas Water Law

I get a lot of questions about water law in Texas.  To help folks at least get a good starting point and lay of the land, I authored a fact sheet that outlines the basics of Texas water law.  To download a copy, click here.

Pipeline Easement Negotiation Checklist and Podcast

If you’ve ever gotten notice that a pipeline company is planning on coming across your property and you found yourself facing the task of negotiating an easement, you know how intimidating that can be.  The most important thing to keep in mind is that you, as a landowner, do have rights!  You can and should take time to really negotiate with the company to ensure you are receiving adequate compensation and have included terms in the agreement to protect your property. In the last couple of months, I’ve… Read More →

Fact Sheet: Estimating Potential Capital Gains Tax Liability

Capital gains tax liability can be a major issue for agricultural landowners that who are looking to sell property.  Determining the value on which taxes may be figured can be difficult, particularly when the land was inherited decades ago and the basis may not be known.  With this in mind, Dr. Terry Griffin, Assistant Professor of Ag Economics at Kansas State Univeristy and I put together a fact sheet to help landowners with this issue. Capital gains taxes are paid on the increase in value over time of certain… Read More →

Five Strands: A Landowner’s Guide to Fence Law in Texas

Is a landowner liable of his cattle get out and are hit on the road?  Can I make my neighbor chip in and and pay for repairs to our shared boundary fence?  What do I do when someone else’s cattle are on my land?  What can I do about my neighbor’s tree limbs hanging over the fence and onto my property? These are the types of questions that Jim Bradbury, Kyle Weldon, and I set out to answer in our most recent publication, “Five Strands: A Landowner’s Guide… Read More →

Extension Fact Sheet: Solar Lease Considerations

Many Texas landowners have recently been contacted by solar companies about potentially leasing their farm or ranchland for a solar energy project. I recently published a Fact Sheet outlining just a few considerations that landowners need to be aware of when approached by a solar company.  As always, I highly recommend consulting with an attorney who has experience negotiating solar lease agreements to protect your rights and your land before signing any lease agreement.  To download the fact sheet, click here. Additionally, if you missed the solar leasing… Read More →

Published Materials Tab

After a few folks had asked about where to get certain publications of mine, I added a new tab to this blog, titled “Published Materials.”  If you click on that tab, you will be able to find my recorded presentations and major publications all in one place.  Currently, we’ve got the following categories:  Recorded webinars; Handbooks; Fact Sheets; Law Review Articles; Continuing Legal Education Papers; and Forthcoming Publications. Feel free to check out the info under the Published Materials tab, all of which may be downloaded by just… Read More →

Ranchers’ Agricultural Leasing Handbook Available

Recently, my colleagues Shannon Ferrell (Oklahoma State), Rusty Rumley (National Agriculture Law Center), and I held a series of workshops around Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas discussing agricultural leases.  These programs were well attended (nearly 250 people total) and participants reported being very satisfied with the information they received.  The funding for these workshops and the handbook was provided through a grant from the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center and the USDA.  We certainly appreciate their support of these programs. We’d also like to offer a huge thank… Read More →

Extension Fact Sheet: Child Labor Law & Agriculture

I recently published an Extension Fact Sheet on the subject of child labor laws and agriculture.  This is a complex topic and one of which many producers need to be aware.  To download a copy of the fact sheet, click here.

Texas Oil & Gas Leasing Handbook Available

Last week, my colleague from Oklahoma State University, Shannon Ferrell, and I put on an oil and gas leasing workshop in College Station.  The program was well attended, participants asked excellent questions, and the final evaluations and comments were very positive from those who attended. The funding for this project was provided by the Southern Risk Management Education Center and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  We would also like to say a special thank you to Dr. Mark Waller, Tracy Davis, and Dusty Tittle for their… Read More →