Category Archives: Weekly Round Up

May 7, 2021 Weekly Round Up

Happy May!  Here are a few of the ag law stories in the news over the past couple of weeks.   *Three laws every rural landowner in Texas should know.  I recently chatted with Texas Standard and offered three key laws I think that every rural landowner should know.  See what made my list here. *President Biden mentions exception for farms in proposal to increase capital gains taxes and do away with stepped up basis.  There have been numerous articles discussing President Biden’s proposal to increase the capital gains… Read More →

April 9, 2021 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!  Spring has sprung here in the Texas Panhandle and I’m enjoying the green grass and warmer weather.  Here are few of the ag law stories in the news over the past couple of weeks.   * Farm Animal Liability Act bill moves forward as amended.  You may recall from our post a week ago that HB 365 is currently pending and would modify the Texas Farm Animal Liability Act to ensure application to working farms and ranches.  For more detail, click here.  The bill continues to… Read More →

March 26, 2021 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!  Here a few of the ag law stories in the news the past couple of weeks. *Maryland trial court ruling on ammonia emissions and the Clean Water Act draws concern.  A recent case decided in Maryland has resulted in nationwide discussion over agriculture and the intersection of the Clean Air and Clean Water Act.  Essentially, the circuit court judge ruled that Maryland must regulate air pollution–ammonia, in particular–under the state’s implementation of the federal Clean Water Act.  This raises concern for livestock producers, who are exempt… Read More →

March 12, 2021 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!  We’re back with some more of the ag law stories in the news over the past couple of weeks. * Bill would modify Texas Farm Animal Liability Act to ensure applicability to working ranches.  You may remember last year that the Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling in Waak v. Zuniga holding that the Texas Farm Animal Liability Act does not apply if the injured party is a rancher or ranch hand. [Read prior post here.]  There are a couple of bills in the Texas Legislature seeking… Read More →

February 26, 2021 Weekly Round Up

Hello friends!  It’s been a wild couple of weeks here in Texas.  I appreciate all of you who reached out to check on my family and offer support during the crazy weather last week.  I am happy to report we all survived and were very happy to see the 60 degree temperatures this week!  Shelley Huguley compiled photos from producers around Texas showing the extent of the storm damage and it’s really heartbreaking to see the scope of damage to various agricultural producers.  To view her photos, click… Read More →

February 12, 2021 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!  It seems like the entire state of Texas is preparing for winter weather this weekend.  I hope you all stay safe and warm.  I want to welcome those of you joining from my recent programs in El Campo and Robstown.  We’re glad you are here! Here are some of the ag law stories in the news the past couple of weeks. *Claims period open for soybean farmers who were injured by dicamba drift in 2015-2020.  Soybean farmers around the country may be eligible to make a… Read More →

January 29, 2021 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!  It’s been a busy week here as I have been working with several of my colleagues in the Texas A&M Agricultural Economics Department on a series of educational videos on the legal and economic issues related to hemp production. If this is a topic of interest to you, be sure you subscribe to this blog as we will be releasing our videos and written materials within the next month! Here are some of the ag law stories in the news over the past couple of weeks…. Read More →

January 15, 2021 Weekly Round Up

Happy 2021, friends!  We hope you all had a happy, healthy holiday and we are excited to be back for our first Weekly Round Up of the year.  Here are some of the major agricultural law stories in the news over the past couple of weeks. * Lawsuit filed seeking to overturn recent dicamba registration.  On December 22, several environmental groups filed suit against the US Environmental Protection Agency challenging the recent approval of the use of over-the-top dicamba products through 2025. Specifically, the lawsuit claims that the… Read More →

December 18, 2020 Weekly Round Up

Hello and welcome to our final Weekly Round Up post of 2020.  I appreciate all of your support for this blog and my program and look forward to providing new and interesting content in 2021! Here are a few of the ag law stories in the past couple of weeks. *US Supreme Court dismissed TX lawsuit against NM over Pecos River.  On Monday, I’ll have a full blog post on this case, so be sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss it.  Essentially, TX sued NM over a… Read More →

December 4, 2020 Weekly Round Up

Happy December! Here are a few of the biggest ag law stories in the news over the past couple of weeks. *Dairy farmers receiving letters seeking repayment of funds from Dean Foods.  Many dairy farmers who sold milk to Dean Foods prior to its bankruptcy filing  have been receiving letters recently from ASK, LLC.  Essentially, these letters note that the recipient received some payment from Dean Foods within the 90-days prior to its bankruptcy filing.  After visiting with an ag bankruptcy attorney who has reviewed the letters, he… Read More →