Texas: Land, Water, and Wealth Symposium, Lufkin, May 20

    The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Angelina County will host a symposium on May 20 for residents with questions on topics ranging from land and water rights to estate planning and lease negotiations.

    The event, titled Land, Water and Wealth: Legal and Regulatory Symposium for East Texas Agriculture, will be held at the AgriLife Extension office for Angelina, 2201 S. Medford Dr. in Lufkin. It will feature attorneys Jim Bradbury of Fort Worth, who will discuss water law, easement negotiations and eminent domain, and Dr. Tiffany Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo, who will discuss estate planning and negotiation of agriculture leases.

    The event is $30 for individuals and $50 for couples. It is sponsored by AgriLife Extension offices in Houston, Angelina, Polk, Tyler, Trinity, Cherokee and San Augustine counties and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    AgriLife Extension agent for Angelina County Cary Sims said the event is an opportunity for landowners and agricultural operators to ask questions of attorneys who are experts in their respective legal fields.

    Sims said landowners and producers should be aware of federal and state laws that could impact their properties and the rights afforded them.

    During the lunch hour, state Sen. Robert Nichols, Jacksonville, and state Rep. Trent Ashby, Lufkin, will participate in a panel question and answer session about new state laws, the upcoming Texas Legislature and current topics landowners in East Texas should be aware of.

    “We’re trying to get folks caught up on laws and regulations that can affect their property,” Sims said.

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