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2018 Texas Agricultural Custom Rates Report Published

Have you ever wondered what the going rate is in your area for custom farm work like hauling hay or harvesting wheat?  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Ag Economics Unit has a helpful publication. The 2018 Texas Agricultural Custom Rates Report is now available.  This report is based upon survey responses gathered from farmers, ranchers, and other landowners across Texas.  The report divides Texas into four quadrants and then provides survey results for each.  The type of work included in the survey ranges from tractor rental to application… Read More →

Free Agricultural Law Workshops Set Across Texas

We’re excited to announce a new educational program for Texas landowners and ag producers, “Owning Your Piece of Texas: Top Laws Texas Landowners Need to Know”.  These programs will offer information to landowners on a variety of topics like water law, landowner liability, eminent domain, fence law, easements, special use tax valuation, and more!   Each program will last from 9am-3pm and will include lunch sponsored by Ag Workers Insurance. Presenters will include Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Extension Ag Law Specialist, who will be joined by a local attorney… Read More →

CA Animal Welfare Act Could Impact Farm Practices Nationwide

This article was published in Progressive Cattleman’s April issue. In a difficult time for agriculture, when producers are already facing low commodity prices and trade uncertainty, many livestock producers may also have to be concerned about the potential impact of something else in the coming years: California voters. In November 2018, California voters passed Proposition 12 with 59% of the vote.  This ballot initiative prohibits California businesses from knowingly selling veal, pork, shell eggs, or liquid eggs, that were produced by animals “confined in a cruel manner.”  The… Read More →

Court Rules for Oil Operator in Accommodation Doctrine Case

Last summer, a case from the El Paso Court of Appeals, Harrison v. Rosetta Resources Operating, raised interesting arguments regarding water use and the accommodation doctrine. Background The Harrison Trust owns 320 acres in Reeves County.  Mr. Harrison is the trustee of the Harrison Trust.  The minerals beneath the land are owned by the State of Texas. In 2009, Harrison executed an oil and gas lease on behalf of the State with Eagle Oil & Gas, as is allowed by the Natural Resources Code on certain lands.  Eventually, the… Read More →

2019 Ranchers Leasing Workshop Events Announced

The Ranchers Leasing Workshop programs are my most popular events of the year.  To date, we have had over 850 Texans attend these half-day seminars and 100% of them would recommend this program to a friend.  We focus on legal issues related to grazing, hunting and livestock leases, including why leases should be in writing, how to determine the payment structure and rate, key terms to include, and spend about an hour on landowner liability and how to protect one’s operation.  Importantly, we work hard to be really… Read More →

Ag Law in the Field Podcast – 2018 ABA Web 100 Honoree

We are thrilled to announce that our Ag Law in the Field Podcast has been named to the Web 100 list of the best online legal resources by the American Bar Association.  Only 20 podcasts were selected, so we are very honored and excited to be included. To read more about this recognition and the Podcast, click here. Listening to the Ag Law in the Field Podcast is easy!  You can do so online by simply clicking this link.  Once you’re on the Podcast page, you can just select… Read More →

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

**UPDATE:  On February 14, 2019, a petition for review was filed with the Texas Supreme Court.** 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… 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 →