Category Archives: Insurance

December 17, 2021 Weekly Round Up

Here we are with our final Weekly Round Up of 2021!   It has been quite the year. We will have our annual nationwide and Texas-specific year-in-review blog posts coming up over the next couple of weeks, and we recently released an Ag Law in the Field Podcast episode recapping the year from an ag law perspective here. Here are some recent news stories that may be of interest. *EPA considering modifications to dicamba approval, but offers no timeline.  A senior regulatory specialist with EPA stated that “the agency… 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 →

October 23, 2020 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!  Here are some of the agricultural law stories in the news over the past couple of weeks. *Solar sheep?  NPR recently ran an article looking at the potential use of sheep in conjunction with solar farms.  In the Northeast, there have been farmers who contract with solar farms to graze their sheep under the panels.  Not all companies will consider this, but it might be an option to discuss if you are looking at signing a solar lease or have animals and are seeking grazing land. … Read More →

Reviewing Your Liability Insurance Policy

This article was first published in the  Progressive Cattle Magazine.   One of the first steps anyone owning or leasing land should take is securing adequate liability insurance. Liability insurance offers critical protection in the event someone is injured on the insured’s property. Liability insurance offers two key benefits to the insured. First, it provides coverage up to the policy limits that will be paid out in the event a covered claim occurs. Second, it provides a defense to the landowner in the event a covered claim is… Read More →

November 15, 2019 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!  I spent last week in Washington, DC for our American Agricultural Law Association Conference.  It was a great event and, to top it off, I was able to attend oral argument at the United States Supreme Court in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Foundation, a water law case I’ve been closely watching.  It was a bit like going to to the Super Bowl for an ag law nerd like me!  On Thursday, I’ll have a podcast all about the oral argument from several of us who… Read More →

March 8, 2019 Weekly Round Up

Hello and happy Friday!  We’re back with another weekly round up of the top agricultural law stories of the past two weeks. * North Carolina nuisance ruling appealed. Plaintiffs in the first North Carolina hog farm nuisance lawsuit have filed an appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  A number of agricultural groups, including the American and North Carolina Farm Bureau have filed an amicus brief on behalf of the plaintiffs arguing that the North Carolina Right to Farm law should have applied as… Read More →

November 2, 2018 Weekly Round Up

Last week, I traveled to beautiful Portland, Oregon for the 39th Annual American Agricultural Law Association Conference.  On Monday, I’ll be sharing some highlights and emerging legal issues we discussed at that event. One quick note before we get into the Round Up.  The blog I posted on Monday discussing legal issues surrounding the death of a ranch hand went viral on social media.  Thanks to those of you who shared and retweeted!  This is clearly an issue you all are interested in, and rightly so.  If you… Read More →

September 28, 2018 Weekly Round Up

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been on the speaking trail again with programs in Nacogdoches, Ft. Worth, and Quitaque.  Welcome to those of you joining from these events. Here are some of the ag law stories in the news this week. *Agricultural producers concerned about changes to Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance.  The USDA has announced it will make changes to the county base rates, which is one part of a formula used to calculate coverage that may be purchased under the PRF rainfall insurance product. … Read More →

July 13, 2018 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday from the Panhandle!  This week I traveled to Lubbock to speak at the Plains Cotton Growers Board Meeting on legal issues surrounding pesticide drift.  I really enjoyed the conversations at that meeting and want to welcome any new readers joining us from that meeting. Here are some of the ag law stories in the news this week. * President Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh.  On Monday, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  [Read article here.] *President Trump pardons Oregon ranchers.  President… Read More →

Court Holds Insurance Pollution Clause Excludes Coverage for Manure Contamination

Judge Thomas Rice of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washingon issued a ruling earlier this month that is important for agricultural producers to be aware of when purchasing liability insurance policies.  Specifically, Judge Rice held that when a Washington dairy was sued for contaminating drinking water with manure, its insurance company was justified in denying coverage based upon absolute pollution exclusion clauses in the dairy’s policies. Background Long-time readers of this blog may remember the underlying case involved in this insurance coverage dispute.  The… Read More →