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Best Legal Blog Contest Nominee

For the second year in a row, we’re thrilled that the Texas Agriculture Law Blog has been nominated as one of the Best Legal Blogs by the Expert Institute!  It’s always an honor to be recognized for the time and effort put into the blog, especially when readers were the ones who nominated us. If you don’t mind, please take a moment and vote for us in the Education and Law School category.  You can do that by clicking here. Thanks again for your support!

Death of Ranch Hand Raises Important Legal Issues

A recent opinion in Zuniga v. Waak from the Houston (1st Dist.) Court of Appeals raises important issues regarding Texas law related to agricultural operations.  First, the case addresses the scope of the Texas Farm Animal Liability Act when an employee is injured.  Second, the case illustrates important considerations with regard to workers compensation insurance coverage.  [Read Opinion here.] Background Defendants own a ranch in Fayette County where they run purebred Charolais and Bradford cattle.  The plaintiff began working for the ranch in 2005, eventually moving onto the ranch and… Read More →

Final Ranchers Leasing Workshop of 2018

Hey Chip and Joanna Gaines, we’re headed to your neck of the woods! We are excited about our final Ranchers Leasing Workshop event of 2018 that will take place in Waco on November 8, 2018. These workshops have been wildly popular over the last two years around Texas.  Every single one of the over 700 attendees said they would recommend this program to a friend. Plus…it’s free and lunch is provided by our friends at Ag Worker’s Insurance. Call or email me to RSVP today.  

American Bar Association Web 100 Nominations Open

Hi friends!  I’m here to ask a little favor.  The American Bar Association has opened up nominations for their 2018 Web 100 list, which recognizes the top 100 legal websites. As you may know, our Texas Agriculture Law Blog has been named to the list three times.  We’d love to make it four! This year, they’re also including podcasts on the list, so Ag Law in the Field could make its initial appearance. Here’s where you come in…in order to get recognized, we need folks to nominate the… Read More →

Fall Ranchers Leasing Workshop Dates Set!

The Ranchers Leasing Workshop will be back this fall!  This free, award-winning program, made possible by grant funding from the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center, focuses specifically on grazing, hunting, and livestock leases.  In the half-day seminar, participants will be able to ask questions,  interact with attorneys and economists, and will receive their own copy of the Ranchers’ Agricultural Leasing Handbook, which contains checklists and sample lease language.  Of the over 500 Texans who have participated in these programs over the past two years, 100% would recommend… Read More →

Ranchers Leasing Webinar – August 2, 2018

For those of you interested in agricultural leases–grazing, hunting, and livestock–we are hosting a brief, one-hour webinar to answer some of the most common questions we get from landowners and producers related to these leases.  No fee and no registration required, just click here shortly before noon on August 2.  See you there!  

Texas Agriculture Law Blog 5th Birthday!

Five years ago today, we launched the Texas Agricultural Law Blog.  I thought it was a good idea to help provide information to landowners and agricultural producers across Texas and the United States, but I never dreamed it would  have done as well as it has! Here are some of the numbers… –We’ve published 585 blog posts. –We have over 3,100 subscribers who receive every post we do via email. –Over the last 5 years, we’ve had over 1.16 million page views! –We’ve been named an American Bar… Read More →

The Status of Legal Claims Against Cliven Bundy

Recently, Progressive Cattleman Magazine asked if I would write a short article outlining the status of legal claims involving Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy.  Because there were a number of civil and criminal lawsuits at issue, folks had several questions about exactly what was going on.  What charges were dismissed?  Why was he in jail?  Is he still allowed to graze his cattle on federal land? To read my article in the April issue of Progressive Cattleman, click here.  

Article on My Family’s Operation

The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association recently published this article on my family’s farm and ranch in Eastern New Mexico.  I thought I’d share so you all can know a bit more about where I come from and why I love doing what I do! Dowell Farms Celebrates Earth Day Every Day For ranchers like the Dowell family, who operate Dowell Farms in Quay County, Earth Day is not a one-day event, it’s a way of life. Every day across New Mexico, ranchers care for their land and… Read More →

Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Dannon’s “Natural” Label

If yogurt is made from milk that came from cows who ate feed that included genetically modified corn, can it be labeled as “natural?”  This was the question recently before a New York federal court. Background Polly Podpeskar filed a putative class action lawsuit on behalf of herself and other consumers who were mislead by Dannon’s “natural” label on certain yogurt varieties.  She claimed that a reasonable consumer would not expect a “natural” product to be made from milk from cows who had been fed genetically modified corn or… Read More →