In an effort to keep up with the changing landscape of legal ramifications between the oil and gas industry and rural property owners, Texas AgriLife extension Service has announced Tiffany Dowell has joined the Extension Service as an assistant professor and agricultural law specialist.

Dowell, who will be based in College Station, specializes in legal issues pertaining to oil and gas, water and property leasing/grazing rights, as well as other issues affecting farming and ranching.

“This is a unique position for AgriLife Extension and certainly a timely one with the heightened interest in Eagle Ford shale development and water rights,” said Dr. Mark Waller, AgriLife Extension program leader for agricultural economics in College Station.

Dowell previously was an associate attorney with the law firm of Peifer, Hanson and Mullins in Albuquerque, N.M. She received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law and bachelor of science degree in agribusiness from Oklahoma State University.

Dowell grew up on a family ranch in New Mexico.

“Agricultural law has always been my interest and my background has prepared me well for this type of work,” she said. “With this position, I hope to help many farmers and ranchers with their questions and need for information statewide.”

Dowell has started an agricultural law blog at that provides regular updates on various topics and weekly recaps on legal issues in the news. She will also provide traditional educational programming through workshops and conferences conducted by the agency statewide.


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