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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Subsurface Trespass Case

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 driller, does trespass occur?  Since 2014, we have been following the Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko case through various levels of the Texas court system, which involves this...

Hog Hunting by Hot Air Balloon?

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers have approved the hunting of feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons. Texas' growing hog population causes millions of dollars' worth of damage to crops every year. Texas has an estimated two million feral hogs. Their high breeding rate and lack of natural predators has seen their population explode. The state already allows the...

Property of the Month: A Little Slice of Country Heaven!

Looking for a Little Slice of Country Heaven? Look no further than this 116 +/- acres in Lavaca County listed by TLA Platinum Broker Trey Werner with Republic Ranches.   This piece of property provides great ponds, pasture, and topography in Lavaca County. Featuring well maintained improved and native pastures, timber lined Lavaca River frontage, a +1,550 SF farm house, and good...

“Should I buy or lease my farm equipment?”

Your equipment is one of the largest costs around your farming operation; in fact, only your land is more costly. If you’re starting a new farm, the financial outlay required for even basic machinery can seem overwhelming; fortunately, you have several options available to you. Most farmers choose either to buy outright or to lease, and it’s important to understand...

Is a land bank right for me?

“Do I need a bank that specializes in serving rural landowners and businesses?” If you walk into a deposit bank asking about rates for irrigation loans, you might get a few quizzical stares. At a land bank, the representatives will know exactly what you’re talking about and can help you immediately.   “Is community support important to me?” Because...

Texas Parks and Wildlife offers kids fishing options at Tyler area attractions this spring break

In what has become an annual spring break event, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be opening the gates to The Nature Center for youth fishing March 13-16. Located between Tyler and Whitehouse on Farm to Market 848, the department and local partners are stocking 2,000 rainbow trout for the free fishing event. There is a limit of five per angler;...

Turkey population on the rise in Texas

Turkey sightings are happening across Henderson and Anderson counties, and these are no accident. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has teamed with the National Wild Turkey Foundation in a “super stocking” effort to bring the bird back to East Texas. On Thursday, 10 hens were released in the Brushy Creek area of Anderson County, just a few miles south of...

Texas Ag Commissioner approves poison for feral hogs

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced approval of a new weapon in the ongoing war against feral hogs in Texas. Miller has approved a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code that classifies a new warfarin-based product as a state-limited-use pesticide for control of feral hogs. State-limited-use pesticides may only be bought and used by a licensed applicator or someone under...

Texas Tech to renovate iconic dairy barn

LUBBOCK -- In an effort to save a Texas Tech University iconic landmark, the Dairy Barn, the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources announced a $2.6 million restoration project aimed at bringing the building back to its place as a working academic facility. After sitting vacant for 50 years and being one of the oldest and most recognizable structures...

Everybody is Involved some way in agriculture

Agriculture is an important industry today, as it has been for hundreds of years. Agriculture production provides the food, fiber and shelter most all of us as consumers use daily. Since we all eat and wear clothes, we are involved in agriculture, maybe not from a production side but as a consumer of the production. Agriculture is the nation’s...