Nacogdoches County Beef & Forage Committee Fall Agriculture Program, September 17

An Ag Law in the Field program, which will cover lease agreements, estate planning and fence laws, will be held Sept. 17 in Nacogdoches.

Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo, will discuss the do’s and don’ts of lease agreements and why they are important for landowners and producers. She will also cover a difficult but necessary topic – estate planning.

Lashmet will also discuss fence laws and cover aspects including liability questions, such as if a cow gets hit on the highway, or neighbor relations questions when it comes to maintaining a fence and other real-world scenarios.

The program is free and open to the public. It begins with registration and a free meal at 5:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6 p.m. at the Nacogdoches Expo Center, 3805 NW Stallings Dr.

RSVPs are requested by Sept. 10 by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Nacogdoches County at 903-560-7711.

East Texas is one of the largest cow/calf production regions in the state, and land leases are an important part of ranching, said Ricky Thompson, AgriLife Extension agent, Nacogdoches County. Leased land provide grazing and hay production potential for producers and income for landowners, and agreements ensure both parties’ interests are protected.

“We utilize a lot of pasture-land and lease property to run cattle,” he said. “I often get calls and concerns from either a landowner or a leaser wanting advisement. I always start this conversation with the best lease agree, regardless of price, is when both parties are happy. Some of the worst disputes I’ve seen were between a landowner and leaser. This program will cover a variety of points that are often overlooked within agreements and offer residents access to a leading professional on the topic.”

Thompson said estate planning is another often overlooked necessity for agriculture families.

“It can be a daunting and sometimes ugly task for a family to sort out an estate after a loved one passes,” he said. “It’s better to plan ahead and have a clear picture of how an operation, land or assets will be handled once they are gone.”

For more information, contact Thompson at 903-560-7711 or ricky.thompson@ag.tamu.edu.