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Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference to feature landowner legalities, other topics

published: March 13th 2019
by: Kay Ledbetter


KERRVILLE — Whether operating a working ranch or engaging with the general public through tourism endeavors, landowners are faced with a number of legalities that can affect their business.

The sixth annual Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service April 25-26 in Kerrville, will offer attendees a chance to learn about top laws they need to be aware of and hear from experts on other topics important to their operations, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension program leader, College Station.

The conference will open with on-site registration, check-in and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. April 25 at the Y.O. Ranch Hotel, 2033 Sidney Baker St. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The conference fee is $75 and includes all meals, break refreshments and tour transportation costs. Registration will be available through April 15 at or 979-845-2604.

One of the speakers will be Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo. She will discuss Top Laws Texas Landowners Need to Know.

“For every landowner in Texas, there are a number of legal issues that could come up,” Lashmet said. “From landowner liability to drafting leases, dealing with eminent domain to water law, it’s critical for landowners to have an understanding of their rights and how to protect their operations.”

She said the Bennett Trust program is always a great event and one she gets to not only present at, but also interact with and learn from attendees.

“While I always like to think I bring useful information, nearly every time I find that questions from the audience end up being more impactful, so I always make sure to allow time for those questions and important discussion,” Lashmet said.

Other topics and speakers include:

– Managing for Unwanted Plant Species, Dr. Robert Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Uvalde.

– Birding in the Hill Country, Dr. Rhandy Helton, retired from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

– Using Prescribed Burning on Your Property, Dr. Morgan Treadwell, AgriLife Extension range specialist, San Angelo.

– How to Incorporate Exotics, Charly Seale, Exotic Wildlife Association executive director, Kerrville.

– Managing Your Whitetail Deer, Redmon.

The second day of the conference will be dedicated to ranch tours. Attendees will pick from tours of the Hillingdon Ranch in Kendall County, where legacy management will be discussed, or the Cimarron Ranch in Kerr County, where wildlife management will be the topic.

For more information, contact Linda Francis at or an AgriLife Extension agent in the region, or go to



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