Agriculture law, leasing workshop

Lonnie Jenschke

Texas Agrilife Extension Erath County will be hosting an agriculture law/leasing workshop Aug. 24 at the Texas Agrilife Extension Research Center Stephenville.

The workshop will address:

Landowner Leases and Checklist

Landowner Liability

General Ag Laws

Landowner Leasing Rates and Resources

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Center, 1229 North US Highway 281. This program will cost $25 to cover program cost. This program will be limited to the first 90 participants that RSVP by Aug. 24.

Guest Speakers will be Tiffany Lashmet – Texas AgriLife Extension Agricultural Law Specialist, Amarillo and Jason Johnson – Texas AgriLife Extension Economist, Stephenville.

Participants will receive a leasing handbook that covers legal issues, designing lease payment structures and calculating payments, and landowner liability. The book also will provide checklists and sample lease forms for negotiating lease agreements.

“There has been a wonderful response to these types programs around the state,” Lashmet said. Every one of those people that attended said they would recommend this program to a friend.

Avoid itchy bites from spiking chigger populations

Anyone venturing into the great outdoors this summer in Texas should be ready for chiggers.

That’s the message from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist Dr. Mike Merchant in Dallas. phone calls are any indication, this appears to be a whopping chigger season,” he said, adding that unseasonably high temperatures and humidity during June have likely produced perfect conditions He said reports of chiggers to AgriLife Extension offices have seen a sharp uptick in recent weeks compared with normal seasons over the last 28 years.

“If my for chigger reproduction and higher populations in time for summer.

These nearly microscopic mites climb up a person’s legs, leaving red, itchy bites as high as the armpits and usually concentrated near the “sensitive skin areas” around the waistline. Bites are itchy for a few days and take up to two weeks to disappear.

“They’re my personal worst nightmare,” Merchant said. “The only good thing I can say about chiggers is that, as far as we know, they don’t carry disease.”

Bramble patches, woods and grassy fields are the most common places to encounter chiggers, but the pest can pose a threat even in manicured lawns under the right conditions.

“Workers in our turfgrass breeding program have annual problems with chiggers beginning around late May and early June,” Merchant said, referring to research plots at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas.

He recommends wearing long pants, tucking pant legs into socks, and using a repellent with DEET on shoes and socks. If practical, a quick shower after possible exposure to chiggers can help reduce the number and severity of bites.

More information on controlling chiggers is available at

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent.