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Policymakers, Farmers, Attorneys and Regulators Set to Present at the Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference

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The University of Maryland’s Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) has recruited a dynamic panel of presenters to discuss the complex intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland at the upcoming 2015 Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference. Experts will share their knowledge on hot topics such as aquaculture leasing, anaerobic digesters and nutrient credit trading.


WHEN:               Friday, November 20, 2015, 8 a.m.


WHERE:             DoubleTree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD 21401


WHO:


Md. Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles will address the topic of nutrient credit trading. On March 13, 2015 Grumbles was sworn in as Maryland’s eighth Secretary of the Environment.  He previously served as President of the U.S. Water Alliance, a national environmental non-profit organization educating the public on the value of water and the need for innovative and sustainable solutions. Prior to that, Grumbles headed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Water Program.


Md. Secretary of Agriculture Joseph Bartenfelder will discuss the state of agriculture in Maryland and give a briefing on the Phosphorus Management Tool implementation efforts.  Bartenfelder was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to serve as Secretary of Agriculture on December 23, 2014.  He grew up on a farm and has been a full-time farmer and small businessman for more than 35 years. His family lives on their farm in Caroline County and also owns and operates two other farms in Dorchester County. Bartenfelder served as a Maryland Delegate 1983-94, representing District 8 (Baltimore County).


Other presenters include:


Donald Webster, University of Maryland Regional Extension Specialist, to discuss aquaculture leasing.


John Swaine, III, Talbot County Farmer, Chairman, Talbot County Soil Conservation Board of Supervisors to discuss on-farm conservation practices.


Gary Kelman, Chief, Animal Feeding Operation Division, Maryland Department of the Environment, to discuss the Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) General Discharge Permit and anaerobic digesters on the farm.


Bill Paul, Chief, Combustion and Metallurgical Division, Air & Radiation Management Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment, to discuss anaerobic digesters on the farm.


Stephanie Lansing, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Dept. of Environmental Science and Technology, to discuss anaerobic digesters on the farm.


INFO:  For more information about the 2015 Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference, please visit our website.

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Attendance at the Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference will earn farmers 1 Nutrient Management Program Continuing Learning Education Credit.


ABOUT ALEI: The Agriculture Law Education Initiative is a collaboration under University">http://mpower.maryland.edu/">University of Maryland: MPowering the State and combines the expertise and efforts of three distinguished Maryland institutions: the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), and the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES). The ALEI was created after the Maryland General Assembly gave the University System of Maryland a direct assignment in 2011: preserve Maryland's family farms by helping their owners address the complicated legal issues associated with agricultural estates and trusts, regulatory compliance, and other agricultural law issues.


About MPowering the State: The University of Maryland: MPowering the State brings together two universities of distinction to form a new collaborative partnership. Harnessing the resources of each, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore will focus the collective expertise on critical statewide issues of public health, biomedical informatics, and bioengineering. This collaboration will drive an even greater impact on the state, its economy, the job market, and the next generation of innovators.  The joint initiatives will have a profound effect on productivity, the economy, and the very fabric of higher education.

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