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Details of Syngenta Settlement With Corn Growers Announced

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Image by Steven Baird In September 2017, Syngenta agreed to settle claims brought by U.S. farmers for bringing Viptera and Duracade corn varieties to market before approval in China. On March 12, 2018, Syngenta formally announced that it would be settling all U.S. corn growers, grain handlers, and...

Farm and Forested Lands Succession Workshop - Southern Maryland

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 - 8:30am to 2:30pm
15035 Burnt Store Rd, Hughesville, MD 20637
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland Extension, The Agriculture Law Education Initiative, the Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Nationwide Insurance to provide this farm succession workshop. This workshop is sponsored by Southern Maryland Ag...

Management Tool of Last Resort: Bankruptcy Offers Protections to Qualifying Agricultural Operations and Fishermen to Restructure Business and Survive Tough Economic Times

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Agriculture like many businesses is full of risks: marketing, financial, production, labor, and legal risks. With each risk area, producers must develop strategies to manage those risks. To manage marketing risks, for example, a producer would develop a plan for how to handle crops grown over the...

Proposed Settlement of Claims Against Syngenta May Not Apply to Maryland and Delaware Corn Growers, But A Future Settlement Will Settle Claims Nationwide

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Image by Edwin Remsberg Disclaimer: Neither Paul, nor the University of Maryland take any position on the claims asserted against Syngenta or on whether producers join in a class action lawsuit against Syngenta. This article is for informational purposes only. On September 26, 2017, Syngenta agreed...

Ensuring the Continued Viability of Rural Communities: Using Mediation to Settle Disputes

Mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution, has considerable advantages over litigation in terms of relationships among parties, finances, and time. Mediation can be a useful alternative to expensive litigation for many disputes. It encourages individuals to take responsibility for their...

Property Ownership and Transferring Are Important Features of Your Farm Succession Plan

Many people think an estate plan is just a will, but it is much more than that. Your estate plan will typically include documents and tools to distribute your property according to your wishes following your death. When it comes to transitioning your farm or any family business to the next...

Understanding Agricultural Liability: Premise's Liability

You can take steps to limit your potential liability by understanding your legal obligation or duty to protect visitors and other third parties from foreseeable harm. You also will need to know to whom you owe the duty and what duty others may owe to you. Steps you can take to limit your liability...

How to Lease Your Land With a Conservation Easement (FS-1049)

A conservation easement is a right or power which a landowner gives to a third party. Landowners may choose to donate easements for a variety of reasons, including tax benefits and/ or an interest in land conservation for environmental or other concerns. This guide walks through some legal...

Frequently Asked Questions: Can I Cut My Neighbor’s Tree Back From Our Property Line?

This is not a substitute for legal advice. Image by Edwin Remsberg Many of you may have neighbors with trees or bushes growing near the property line. Branches might be impacting equipment you use in fields, growing into property line fences, or dropping branches on your property after storms. The...

Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
DoubleTree Hotel
2017 Agriculture and Enviormental Law Conference Online Registration Closes at 11:59PM EST, November 10, 2017. Discussion topics to include: Organic Farming- Challenges, Benefits and Legal Battles Legal Resources for Improving Soil Health on Leased Land Nutrient Management Update and Preparing for...

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