Agricultural Law 2017-09-15T18:02:14+00:00

Agricultural Law

The offices of Watson Smith, in Las Cruces, focus on the practice of Agricultural law, also known as “Ag law.” Partner Joshua Smith handles many agricultural legal services for Watson Smith clients. Attorney Joshua Smith has vast experience in varied areas including regulatory, business transactions, litigation, real estate, environmental, labor and employment, tax, and oil and gas.


Ag law summarizes the production of the fruits of agricultural commercial production. This includes preparation of soil, seed planting, gardening, cultivation, dairying, poultry, and ranching.

There are numerous federal statutes that subsidize, regulate or otherwise directly affect agricultural activity. Several focus on agricultural workers: The Federal Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act provides protection for migrant and seasonal agricultural workers (29 U.S.C. §§ 1802 et seq.). 42 U.S.C. §§ 1471 et seq. provides for financial assistance to farmers and others for the construction or improvement of farm housing and other agriculturally related purposes.

Watson Smith represents many farmers and ranchers throughout Southern New Mexico.

Agricultural law includes but not limited to:

  • Labor law: immigration/work authorization issues; labor housing issues; migrant labor issues; OSHA; unfair labor practice issues
  • Farming rights: Joshua Smith fights for the very people who provide food and agriculture to our people.
  • Water Rights
  • Land tenure: Understanding land tenure can be confusing, Watson Smith has the experience to lead their clients to a desired end.
  • Rural Industry
  • Agricultural trade
  • Agricultural vehicle law
  • Agricultural zoning law
  • Agricultural engineering law

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