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Welcome to Ag Law in the Field! This is the inaugural episode of a new podcast designed to discuss all things agricultural law. Tiffany Lashmet, Extension Ag Law Specialist with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, will serve as your host and has a variety of great guests lined up. From law students to seasoned attorneys, to lawyers with experience in international firms, to folks who hung out their own shingle in Small Town America...we plan to visit with them all and discuss their thoughts, exper ...
 
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As has become a tradition, we are recognizing Mental Health Awareness month with an important conversation about mental health and agriculture. My friend, Shannon Ferrell, joins me to offer some great information, practical tips, and encouragement for anyone struggling. Contact Info for Shannon Ferrell (Email) shannon.l.ferrell@okstate.edu (Twitter…
 
If we want someone who knows the in and outs of ag labor and immigration policy, it's Kristi Boswell. Throughout her career, she has worked on this issue. She joined us today to chat about the current issues with ag labor and immigration policy and some of the proposed changes that we have seen over the past several years. Contact Info for Kristi B…
 
We had a listener request for a podcast episode about prescribed burn laws in Texas, and luckily, I knew just the guest to invite! Dr. Morgan Treadwell and I walk through the various laws and considerations for prescribed burns in Texas. Contact Info for Dr. Morgan Treadwell Phone: (325)657-7317 E-mail: Morgan.Treadwell@ag.tamu.edu Twitter (@eXMorg…
 
I'm thrilled to have Rob and Chris with us to share about Texas forestland and timber contracts. I learned so much from this podcast episode, and I'm confident you will too! Contact Info for Rob Hughes TFA Website Email: rhughes@texasforestry.org Twitter: @TFARobHughes Contact Info for Chris Adams Vision Forestry Website Email: cadams@vision-forest…
 
The use of entities like trusts, LLCs, and limited partnerships can be extremely useful in developing a good farm or ranch estate plan. Today, Leah Davis joins me to help talk us through some of the most commonly used entities, how they can be helpful, and how to choose the right option for you. Contact Info for Leah Davis Website Email: ldavis@bmw…
 
What questions should I ask when looking at a piece of property? What should I look out for? How do I know if this property is right for me? These were the types of questions that made me invite Clint Robinson on the podcast to offer tips to folks purchasing rural property in Texas. Contact Info for Clint Robinson Website Phone: 806-786-3730 Email:…
 
I am so excited to have Emily Unglesbee join me to talk about some of the hot topics related to pesticides and herbicides in agriculture. We had lots to discuss...and even in the week since we recorded, there has been more news stories on these issues. Contact Info for Emily Unglesbee Twitter: @Emily_Unglesbee Links to Topics Mentioned on the Show …
 
You know if we're talking WOTUS, our guest has to be Jim Bradbury! Jim has walked us through the various WOTUS updates numerous times over the past five years. Today, he's here to give us an update on the new "waters of the United States" definition that has been proposed by the Biden administration. Contact Info for Jim Bradbury (Email) jim@bradbu…
 
Our friend, Trace Blair, is back! Trace joined me to walk us through the three limited liability statutes that exist to protect rural Texas landowners and ag producers. Specifically, this episode offers an update to the details and rules surrounding the Farm Animal Liability Act that went into effect on September 1, 2021. Contact information for Tr…
 
We're excited to kick off the year joined by a super star in the ag media world, Ag Day anchor and Farm Journal editor, Clinton Griffiths. Clinton shares his story of becoming involved in ag media and offers us a few issues to watch in 2022. Clinton's Contact Information Twitter: @ClintonReports Links to Other Topics Mentioned on the Show Ag Day Fa…
 
It's that time again! My friend Paul Goeringer and I team up every December to record our Ag Law Year in Review that is then released on both my Ag Law in the Field Podcast and Paul's Maryland Risk Management Education Podcast. This year, our list included lots of interesting topics...see if you agree with our top legal issues. Contact Info for Pau…
 
Recently, I heard Joe Miller and Nowell Berreth speak about the recent OSHA vaccine mandate and agriculture. I knew I had to have them on the podcast to have this same conversation. Learn about the current status of the OSHA mandate, what the mandate contains, and the legal precedent is for challenges to these types of mandates. Contact Info for Jo…
 
California's Proposition 12, an animal confinement statute that will likely have impacts across the United States, is set to go into effect on January 1, 2022. Beth Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center joined me to explain what's going on. Contact info for Beth Rumley (Email) erumley@uark.edu (National Ag Law Center…
 
If you have read any agricultural news recently, you know that carbon has been an extremely hot topic. Before entering into a carbon storage agreement, it is critical to carefully evaluation and understand the terms of the particular contract. I'm joined by attorneys who have worked on these contracts, Anson Howard on the rangeland side and Todd Ja…
 
We are wrapping up our Day in the Life of an Ag Lawyer series today with Peggy Hall. Like me, Peggy has spent her career in academia. She teaches students and has an Extension role working with farmers at Ohio State University. On today's show, she shares her story and what she loves about her job! Contact Info for Peggy Hall Phone: 937-644-8117 Em…
 
I loved this conversation with my friend Mike Traxinger. Mike's journey took him from Washington DC back home to the family farm in South Dakota, where he serves as in house counsel for Agtegra Cooperative. Mike gives us a great look at what it is like to be in house counsel for an agricultural business. Contact Info for Mike Traxinger Phone: (605)…
 
As you may know if you're a long-time listener, mental health is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. With September being National Suicide Prevention Month, I wanted to do an episode focused on mental health in the agriculture context. So I reached out to Ted Matthews. He has spend his career working with farm and ranch families and now work…
 
When I decided I wanted to do a policy episode in this Day in the Life series, there was no one that could have been the guest besides Ray Starling. Not only is Ray brilliant and hilarious, but he has had a host of career experiences including serving as a staffer in the US Senate, an advisor to the President at the White House, and as Chief of Sta…
 
We're excited to continue our five-part series called A Day in the Life of an Ag Lawyer. We will visit with ag attorneys around the country in a variety of roles from law firm to in house, government to policy. Our hope is this will give listeners an idea what different opportunities are available in the realm of agricultural law. Today, we're taki…
 
We're excited to kick off a five-part series called A Day in the Life of an Ag Lawyer. We will visit with ag attorneys around the country in a variety of roles from law firm to in house, government to policy. Our hope is this will give listeners an idea what different opportunities are available in the realm of agricultural law. We kick things off …
 
Our friend J Pete Laney is back for a Texas Legislature Recap as has become tradition. J Pete and I talk through several key bills related to agriculture introduced in the 87th Texas Legislature. It's always fun to chat with J Pete and get his on-the-ground knowledge about what's going on in Austin. Contact Info for J Pete Laney (website) http://ww…
 
Parks Brown is back with us to continue our energy law update. In our first episode last week, we talked about oil and gas, and now we will shift gears and chat about renewable energy. Parks' Contact Information (Email) pbrown@ufjbwlaw.com (Website) http://ufjbwlaw.com/f-parks-brown/ Thank you to our Sponsors! Capital Farm Credit Texas Corn Produce…
 
We are thrilled to have Parks Brown back on the podcast to give us an update on oil and gas in Texas. We talk through what has been going on in the market, as well as a great case law update. Parks' Contact Information (Email) pbrown@ufjbwlaw.com (Website) http://ufjbwlaw.com/f-parks-brown/ Links to Topics Mentioned Solar Leasing Podcast Episode wi…
 
He's back... Everyone's favorite water law professor returns to the podcast today to chat about three major interstate water disputes at the US Supreme Court. Jesse's Contact Info (Email) jesse.Richardson@mail.wvu.edu (Phone) 304-293-9460 (Twitter) @jessejames8785 Links to Topics Mentioned on the Show Jesse's prior Ag Law in the Field podcast appea…
 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The conversation about mental health and agriculture is one that is really important to me, so I knew I wanted to have someone on the show to talk about this topic. When I heard Adrienne DeSutter, a farm wife and counselor from Illinois, as part of a panel at Commodity Classic, I knew she was just the voice we …
 
With deep roots in East Texas, Greg Phillips has a passion for helping landowners deal with heirs property issues. Today on the podcast, he explains what causes heirs' property issues and how they can be avoided or potentially dealt with. Greg's Contact Information Website Phone number: (844) 385-3220 Links to Topics Mentioned on the Show Sustainab…
 
Today, we're continuing to discuss dealing with the FSA (Farm Service Agency) and NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) that we kicked off last week with Stephanie Fryer. Today, Dr. Bart Fischer walks us through some of the most common programs available through the FSA and NRCS Offices. Contact Information for Dr. Fischer Website Email: ba…
 
Today, we're kicking off a two-part series about the local USDA and NRCS office on the podcast. Stephanie Fryer will be here today to talk about tips and tricks for dealing with your local office. Stephanie's background as a farmer, former FSA county executive director, and current attorney give her a great varied perspective on working with your l…
 
'Tis property tax season here in Texas with a number of deadlines coming up by the end of April. Dr. Blake Bennett joins me to chat about the available property tax exemptions for property owners in the Lone Star State. Contact Info for Blake Bennett (Email) b-bennett@tamu.edu (Phone) 972-952-9273 Links to Other Topics Mentioned on the Show Prior p…
 
I'm thrilled to have Mary-Thomas Hart from NCBA on the podcast to address an emerging environmental issue that I had never heard of before...PFAS. This is a topic that is not going away and raises both human health concerns and major potential issues for the agriculture industry. Contact Info for Mary-Thomas Hart Email: mhart@beef.org Links to Topi…
 
Can you believe we've hit 100 episodes? To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to bring one of my favorite people on the show...my Dad. We had what I think is a really interesting conversation about the ag law issues he's seen play out over his lifetime on our family farm and ranch. Links to Topics Mentioned on the Show Dowell Show Lambs Prior epi…
 
Congress recently passed a bill creating a Livestock Dealer Statutory Trust, with a goal of helping livestock producers or sellers if they are in a situation where they are not paid for their animals. Chelsea Good, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs for the Livestock Marketing Association, is here to explain what this new legislation…
 
Grant Ballard is a nationwide expert on litigating crop insurance disputes on behalf of farmers. Today, he talks to us about crop insurance generally, offers tips for producers who purchase crop insurance, and gives us a rundown on two of his most impactful cases. Contact Info for Grant Ballard Website Email: gballard@arkaglaw.com Links to Topics M…
 
There have been a number of issues related to agricultural finance in the news recently, so I am thrilled to have Jeff Peterson joining us from Minnesota to walk us through some of the hot topics related to ag finance law. We discuss the Dean Foods preferential payment letters, which many dairy farmers received, dealing with operating debt that the…
 
Happy New Year and welcome back to our podcast guest, Jake Parker. At the end of 2020, there were major developments by way of an appellate court decision and settlement announcement in nuisance lawsuits involving hog farms in North Carolina. Jake is here to walk us through the opinion, settlement, and an update on the legal challenge to the NC Rig…
 
We're back for our fourth annual ag law year in review! Paul Goeringer and I walk through several of the biggest ag law stories across the country. The list this year includes: Dicamba, the Clean Water Act, Right to Farm/Nuisance, and Beef Checkoff litigation. Contact Info for Paul Goeringer (Email) lgoering@umd.edu (Twitter) @aglawpaul (Blog) http…
 
If there is one thing we know farmers and ranchers like to do, it's to have difficult conversations about their feelings and future plans, right? Although these conversations may not be enjoyable, they are extremely important in order to ensure the success of the transition of a farm from one generation to the next. Today, Jill Mader, a farm transi…
 
When can a farmer save seed to use again for the next season? What protections are in place for seed companies to prevent the illegal use or sale of seed? What protections are offered by patent law, the Plant Variety Protection Act, and license agreements? These are the questions I sat down with Arkansas-based attorney, Joel Cape, to discuss. Joel …
 
I am not even sure where to start with this one. I suppose we start either with the chicken or the egg. When criminal law attorney, Andrew Decker, had a case involving poultry that resulted in a criminal complaint, he found himself digging into the Texas Agriculture Code because his argument depended on open versus closed range law. When I got a ph…
 
Family law is not my forte, which is why I contacted Stacey Barber to come and give us a lesson today! Stacey is a family law attorney in Lubbock, TX and she did a great job of talking about community property. What is the law in a community property state? What is the difference between community and separate property? When does this distinction m…
 
This topic is a little different than our normal agricultural law focus. The topic of mental health is one that is extremely important to me. Agriculture and rural America has to do a better job of talking about mental health challenges and working to make positive changes. Our lives literally depend on it. Today, I am thrilled to visit with Canadi…
 
Did you know that before a transmission line may be built in Texas, there is an entire proceeding before the Public Utility Commission in Texas? Did you know that landowners potentially affected by a proposed transmission line are able to participate in that process? Brent Hamilton is here today to discuss the PUC process that applies to transmissi…
 
Eminent domain is one of the most popular topics we cover. Today, we are focusing on the important issue of compensation when property is being condemned. San Antonio-based attorney, Jim Spivey, joins us to talk us through many helpful concepts related to compensation, and offers important tips to Texas landowners dealing with eminent domain. Conta…
 
The Beef Checkoff Program is no stranger to litigation. Today, Harrison Pittman joins me to talk about legal challenges to the Beef Checkoff programs, looking at the landmark decision in Johanns up to the more recent R-CALF v. Perdue. Harrison's Contact Information Biography Email: hmpittm@uark.edu Links to Topics Mentioned on the Show National Agr…
 
I'm really excited to have John McFarland, an oil and gas attorney who practices representing land and mineral owners and authors the popular Oil and Gas Lawyer Blog, on the show. John is here to focus specifically on oil and gas royalties and the various legal issues that come up in that area. Contact John McFarland Website Blog Links to Topics Me…
 
Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling. Packer investigations and litigation. Trade. Slaughter regulations. These are just some of the topics related to the beef industry that have been in the news recently. I went to some of the leading experts in the country to talk us through these issues to help understand what has been going on and the economics…
 
Bart Fischer is an ag policy big wig, so we were thrilled to have him on the show to give us an overview of the recently announced Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CRAP) program. Bart give us a great rundown of the program, the various provisions, and some of the issues or questions that have arisen so far. Don't forget that the CFAP sign up is…
 
Dicamba has been the big ag law news story over the last week. Brigit Rollins is here to chat all about the US Court of Appeals opinion vacating the federal registration for Xtendimax, FeXapan, and Engenia. We walk through the background of the products, rundown the facts of the case, discuss the details of the court's opinion, and speculate on whe…
 
He's back... Our friend Jim Bradbury is back again to talk about the latest definition of "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. The Trump administration's "Navigable Waters Protection Rule" will be final on June 22, 2020 and Jim is here to walk us through the new rule, how it compares with the Obama adminstration's 2015 WOTUS Rul…
 
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