Category Archives: Agriculture News & Information

Multi-Million Dollar Settlements for New Mexico Royalty Owners

Two class action lawsuits have been settled in favor of New Mexico royalty and overriding royalty owners. Devon Energy Corporation and Burlington Resources have settled claims that they underpaid royalties in the San Juan Basin by improperly deducting costs of treating and transporting coalbed methane gas. Other Agriculture News & InformationAustin County Fair Scholarship Application Now OpenJan 18, 2021The Multi-County […]

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Does Drilling Through the Mineral Estate of Another Constitute Trespass?

An interesting case between Lightning oil Company and Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC is currently  making its way through the Texas judicial system.  The case raises the following question.  Where an oil and gas production company seeks to drill a  horizontal well through the mineral interest of another, in order to produce oil and gas from a lease held by the […]

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Disaster Assistance for Unique Industries

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA today announced that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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Farmers Face Important Decisions Under New Farm Bill

The 2014 Farm Bill implemented major changes to commodity programs for United States farmers. Under this new bill, there are numerous decisions that must be made by farmers in the coming months that will impact payments they will receive in the next several years.  It is important for farmers to understand the decisions that must be made and be aware […]

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Utah Federal Court Imposes Limit on Endangered Species Act

A federal district judge in Utah issued an important opinion earlier this month.  The court struck down federal regulation of the Utah prairie dog pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, finding that the federal government lacked the power to regulate the prairie dog that is found only in the state of Utah. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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New York Times Article Highlights Surface Owner Hardship in Texas Oil Boom

Last week, the New York Times published an article titled, “A County Resents Oil Drilling, Despite the Money It Brings In.”  The author featured Glasscock County, Texas and, in particular, cotton farmer Dennis Seidenberger.  The article did an excellent job at highlighting the hardships facing surface owners, who do not own any portion of the mineral estate underlying their land, in […]

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Should City Voters Pick the Ag Commissioner?

For more than a century, Texans have elected their agriculture commissioner, unlike more than two-thirds of states where governors fill the job by appointment. But as Texas’ urban population inches toward 90 percent, should they? Or is there danger that the obscure statewide position, often seen as a stepping-stone to higher office, could get tied up in political campaigns about guns […]

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New Tool Assists Farmers in Evaluating Rent Payment Options

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Farm Financial Management has developed a new tool to help agricultural landlords and tenants evaluate various rental price arrangements and select the one that best fits their operation.  Their new tool, FairRent, allows producers to evaluate a traditional cash rent contract, a crop share rental agreement, and seven alternative flex lease options. To use […]

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What Is Eminent Domain To Ag?

I recently wrote an article for Progressive Cattleman magazine discussing what eminent domain is and the importance that landowners understand the law surrounding this power allowing the government (or someone acting with governmental authority) to condemn private property for public use upon payment of just compensation. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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My Neighbor Wants to Build a Fence…Do I Have To Help Pay For It?

Question:  My neighbor wants to build a fence on the property line dividing our land because he wants to run cattle on his property.  I do not object to his desire to have livestock on his land or his building the fence.  He insists that I pay for half of the fence.  Do I have a legal responsibility to help […]

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Understanding the Water Cycle

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recognizes the lack of water from time to time that occurs within Austin County as well as neighboring counties.  We experienced one of the worst droughts that this country has seen just a few short years ago.  How we manage our grasslands and cropland goes hand-in-hand with the Water Cycle, no matter the amount […]

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