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Ask an Ag Attorney: Stray Livestock

Question: If stray livestock show up on my property, can I keep them? Answer: “Finders keepers, losers weepers" may apply on the playground, but it doesn’t apply when it comes to stray livestock. The Texas Agriculture Code, Chapter…

Gardening for Winter Color

Gardening for Winter Color There are a number of easy to grow, showy flowers to consider when you are gardening for winter color in South Central Texas. If you grow snapdragons, alyssum, stocks, dianthus, petunias or calendula, you may…

Be Fire Wise

Nick Harrison, coordinator of Texas A&M Forest Service’s Firewise program, wants everyone to be fire wise. “Firewise is a national program sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association,” Harrison said. “Communities follow a set…

Negotiating a Solar Lease on Your Land

Q: I’ve been contacted by a company wanting to enact a solar lease on my land. What issues do I need to be aware of? A: As always, I highly recommend that landowners consult an experienced attorney to review any lease agreement,…

Bovine Viral Diarrhea: Be BVD Aware

Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) is a viral disease of cattle and other ruminants that, if it infects your herd, can have dire consequences for your operation’s bottom line. It can be tricky to detect in both individual animals and your herd,…

Make Your Yard Friendly to Butterflies

Butterflies are desirable additions to our landscapes. They are colorful and interesting. In South and Central Texas, we have a large number of butterfly species to enjoy. Our moderate climate allows some species to be active all year.…

Ask an Ag Attorney: Determining Mineral Rights

Question: I own property in Texas.  How can I find out whether I own the mineral rights as well? Answer: Without question, this is one of the most common questions I’m asked by Texas landowners.  As the question notes, in Texas mineral…

Use Small Trees to Balance the Landscape

When designing your landscape, it’s important to balance large elements, such as shade trees and lawns, with small trees, shrubs and perennials. In addition to enhancing the aesthetics of scale and proportion, the smaller elements allow you…

The Bald Eagle in Coastal Texas

The bald eagle, our national emblem, is one of the most charismatic birds in Texas. It’s a species that people will stop to watch; it gives people a sense of wilderness. It’s also a species that was almost eliminated as a breeder in Texas.…