Words Matter When Drafting a Will: A Cautionary Tale

A recent decision from the Ft. Worth Court of Appeals, In the Estate of Larry Ronald Neal, Deceased, offers a good reminder about how important is to carefully word a will to ensure that one’s intent is carried out after death. Background Larry Neal executed a will in 2009 naming his brother, Gary, as executor of his estate and making various bequeaths of his assets.  The will included the following provisions: Article II  “I do give and bequeath to my niece, Valorie Jean (Neal) White, all of my personal effects and all… Read More →

February 16, 2018 Weekly Round Up

Hello from Weatherford, Texas!  Last night, I spoke at an Extension meeting in Denton County and today I’ll be speaking at the Country Land Stewardship Conference here in Weatherford.  Welcome to those of you joining us from these events. Here are some of the ag law stories in the news this week. *Budget bill allows seed cotton to be a covered commodity under Farm Bill.   On February 9, Congress passed a budget that made seed cotton a covered commodity for the 2018 crop year under the current Farm Bill’s… Read More →

Basics of Texas Water Law

I get a lot of questions about water law in Texas.  To help folks at least get a good starting point and lay of the land, I authored a fact sheet that outlines the basics of Texas water law.  To download a copy, click here.

February 9, 2018 Weekly Round Up

This week I enjoyed speaking on water law at the High Plains Irrigation Conference in Amarillo. Here are some of the ag law stories in the news. *Lawsuit filed against EPA’s 2-year delay of WOTUS rule.  Ten states have filed suit against the EPA challenging the agency’s 2-year delay of the 2015 WOTUS rule.  They allege that the delay was imposed without consideration of the “environmental and public health consequences of doing so” and that by reverting to the pre-2015 approach, the agency has undertaken a “redefinition” for… Read More →

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Do the New Electronic Logging Device Regulations Apply to You?

There has been a good deal of discussion, confusion, and concern over new regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requiring electronic logging devices (“ELDs”) for certain commercial motor vehicles.  How will these regulations impact agricultural producers, rodeo athletes, or stock show exhibitors?  Relatedly, there are regulations addressing who is required to obtain a commercial drivers license and what records may have to be kept that, while not new, may impact producers as well. I will not sugarcoat it, these regulations are complex and difficult to… Read More →

February 2, 2018 Weekly Round Up

Welcome to February and Happy Groundhog Day!  This week I had some much-needed time in the office and was able to give an online guest lecture to the Ag Leadership class at Mississippi State University, taught by my friend, Dr. Laura Greenhaw.  Welcome to any new followers from her class! Here are some of the major ag law stories in the news this week. * EPA sets the effective date for 2015 WOTUS rule for 2020.  You may remember this prior post where we discussed the US Supreme… Read More →

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 →

Recorded Webinar: Legal Issues Surrounding Pesticide Use

A couple of months ago, I presented a webinar for the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium on legal issues surrounding pesticide use.  We discussed the difference between state and federal regulatory authority, FIFRA approval, various state law issues, the potential legal actions that may be considered if drift occurs, and I offered some practical tips for both applicators and injured neighbors. Thanks to the National Ag Law Center and the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium for coordinating. To view the webinar, click here. Additionally, Delta Farm Press’ David… Read More →

January 26, 2018 Weekly Round Up

I tell you what, it’s been a whirlwind of a week both for my travel schedule and for ag law news!  On Monday I spoke in Pampa at a program hosted by County Extension Agents Mike Jeffcoat, Michael Wilkes, and Jody Bradford.  Then on Tuesday, I headed to Lubbock for the Seeking Solutions Regional Extension meeting.  Wednesday found me back on the road to Lubbock to speak at the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Water College. Today, I’ll be doing an online presentation for a graduate student group… Read More →