Balancing Farm Success with Oil and Gas Growth (Lowndes County)

Date: January 24, 2019
Location/Building: MSU Extension Service Lowndes County Office
Address: 485 Tom Rose Road
City: Columbus, MS 39701

Deadline to Register: January 17, 2019

Black Warrior Region MSU Extenion Oil and Gas Education Series

Lunch costs $12.

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Tentative Agenda

9:00 am Welcome Reid Nevins/Jessica Sibley – County Extension Agents MSU Extension
9:15 am Opening Remarks, What to expect if oil and gas activity increases in your community. Martin Hegwood, MSU Extension Center for Government and Community Development
10:00 am Understanding the technology surrounding oil and gas drilling. David Cole, MSU Department of Petroleum Engineering
11:00 am Break
11:15 am How to conduct baseline water testing on your property. Dr. Jason Barrett, MSU Extension Center for Government and Community Development
Noon Lunch
1:00 pm Tips for designing a safety plan for your farm… what to know, what questions to ask, and who to contact. Tom Ball, MSU Extension Center for Government and Community Development
1:45 pm Leasing and mineral rights. Stan Ingram, Biggs, Ingram & Solop, Jackson, Mississippi
2:45pm Break
3:00 pm Question and answer session with industry and agency resource panel.


Martin Hegwood

Martin Hegwood

I was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1977 and entered practice with a law firm in Pascagoula. In 1980, I was named to the governor’s staff and acted as the state’s extradition hearing officer. Later, I became an independent oil and gas land man, and would go on to serve as assistant director of the American Petroleum Institute’s Mississippi office.

I was projects director for Mississippi’s Administrative Office of Courts, and I also served as Senior Attorney for the office of Secretary of State for sixteen years. I live in Canton, Mississippi, where I was the first director of the Canton Redevelopment Authority.

I live in Canton and am currently Assistant Extension Professor with the Center for Government and Community Development of Mississippi State University.

David Cole

David Cole

David Cole is an Instructor in Petroleum Engineering in the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University. He teaches a variety of courses including Drilling Engineering and Completion Design. Prior to coming to Mississippi State, he had a 34 year career in engineering and leadership positions with Shell Oil Company. During that time, he spent time in drilling, completion, and producing operations, research and technology, and as discipline leader for Production Engineering for Shell’s Western Hemisphere.

Mr. Cole has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from L.S.U. He is a registered professional Petroleum Engineer (Louisiana) and a Life Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He served on two American Petroleum Institute standards-writing committees, including helping author API RP 100-1 Hydraulic Fracturing – Well Integrity and Fracture Containment.

Jason Barrett

Dr. Jason Barrett

Dr. Jason R. Barrett is originally from Bobo, MS, a small farming community south of Clarksdale, MS. He now resides in Starkville, MS where he began his Mississippi State University Extension career as a graduate assistant in the Food and Fiber Center. Dr. Barrett went on to work for the Agricultural Economics Department as an Extension Associate and furthered his career as an Extension Instructor with the Center for Government and Community Development (GCD). At the GCD, Dr. Barrett is an Assistant Extension Professor where he specializes in public utilities (water and wastewater), private well education and screening, and leading the Mississippi Well Owner Network. Other research interests include the finance and economic development factors associated with water and waste water utilities.

Dr. Barrett is a certified water and wastewater operator in the state of Mississippi. In 2016 and 2017, he served as the Educational Chairman for the Alabama/Mississippi Section of American Water Works Association (AL/MS AWWA). After being elected to the board of the AL/MS AWWA at the 2017 Annual Conference in Point Clear, Alabama, Dr. Barrett will serve a five year commitment until he is Chairman in 2021. In 2017, Dr. Barrett was elected to the board of the Mississippi Association of County Agricultural Agents (MACAA) as the 2nd Vice President and will serve as President in 2020. From 2009 to 2017, Dr. Barrett served as the Kappa Alpha Order Providence Commander which is a national advisory council for the collegiate fraternity. In 2015, he was elected to serve on the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) Faculty Senate where he served as Vice Chair in 2016-2017 academic year and as the Chairman for the 2017-2018 academic year. He was elected to serve on the Mississippi State University Robert Holland Faculty Senate for a three year term beginning in August 2018.

Stan Ingram

Stan Ingram

Stan T. Ingram, a member of the law firm of Biggs, Ingram & Solop, PLLC, in Jackson, Mississippi, with over thirty (30) years experience in title examinations and certification; preparation of oil and gas title opinions (preliminary, supplemental and division order title opinions); representation of parties before the State Oil & Gas Board, property rights disputes; exploration issues, including geophysical trespass issues; real estate closings, title issues; acquisition of easements and rights-of-ways; and use related documents.

Mr. Ingram received his Bachelors of Public Administration from the University of Mississippi and his Juris Doctorate cum laude from the Mississippi College School of Law. He has published numerous articles on natural resources issues. Mr. Ingram also actively practices administrative law before a number of state boards and commissions, including the State Oil and Gas Board, Mississippi Real Estate Commission, Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners and Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure. He is a member of the Mississippi Oil & Gas Lawyers Association (president, 1998; secretary, 2007-08); Mississippi Association of Petroleum Landmen (director, 2006-07); and the U.S. Oil & Gas Association.