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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  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 →

Happy Holidays!

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year!

Correction to December 8, 2017 Weekly Round Up

The link to the blog post from the Iowa State Center for Ag Law and Taxation that summarizes the Senate version of the tax reform bill was incorrect in the initial post.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  The link has been corrected on the original post and you can find the article by clicking here. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

Do You Use The Twitter?

Recently I’ve gotten several new followers over on Twitter, so I thought I’d invite any of you who are Tweet-ers to follow me as well.  You can find me there @TiffDowell.  My posts are primarily agricultural law-related, but sometimes cute pictures of my kiddos sneak in there as well.  Come follow along!

Vote for the Texas Agriculture Law Blog

We are excited that the Texas Agriculture Law Blog has been nominated by The Expert Institute as one of the Best Legal Blogs in the Education & Law Category. Voting is now open and you can cast your vote for your favorite blog in the various categories.  To vote for the Texas Agriculture Law Blog, click here.  (Voting is quick, easy, and only takes one click!) Thank you all for your support during the nomination process and now with your votes.

Best Legal Blog Contest Nominations

The Expert Institute is currently accepting nominations for its Best Legal Blog Contest.  Of course, we would love for you to consider nominating the Texas Agricultural Law Blog for this honor if you enjoy our content. From now through September 15, 2017 readers can nominate their favorite legal blog and bloggers to be included on the list of nominees.  The blogs with the most nominations will then be included in the final round where the public is given the chance to vote for its favorite legal blog/blogger. The… Read More →