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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 →

Find Us on Facebook!

You can now find the Texas Agriculture Law Blog over on Facebook!  Click here (or go to https://www.facebook.com/texasaglaw/).  Give us a like to keep up with the latest ag law news.  

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Amosson

If you’ve been involved in agriculture in the Texas Panhandle for any amount of time, you likely know my colleague, Dr. Steve Amosson.  He’s an Extension Ag Economist here in Amarillo, and he’s officially retiring today.  Steve is a legend in the ag community and, as one person recently said at his retirement party, “There is no telling how many family farms and ranches on the High Plains have been saved by Steve.”  What a way to be remembered.  I’d like to thank Steve for all of his… Read More →

Updated Link: Endangered Species Act Fact Sheet

In the email that went out yesterday to subscribers, the link to the Endangered Species Act Fact Sheet was broken.  It has been corrected on the blog now, but here is a link to the document.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

Texas Landowner’s Guide to the Endangered Species Act

Do you have questions about exactly what the Endangered Species Act is and how it applies to you as a private landowner?  We’ve got a fact sheet for that! Dr. John Tomacek, Kathryn Smith-Hicks, and I recently wrote a publication to help landowners get up to speed on the basics of this important, and complex, federal law.  Although the title focuses on Texas landowners, since this is a federal law, the fact sheet should be applicable to use and useful for landowners across the country. You can download… Read More →