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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...

Farm transition Workshop-Leonardtown

Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
St. Mary's County UME Office
FARM TRANSITION WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN LEONARDTOWN College Park, MD. – Leonardtown will be one of several workshop locations in a series of one- day workshops to be held throughout Maryland this fall and winter for family farmers and ranchers interested in learning about the components of a...

Farm Transition Workshop-Rising Sun

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Calvert Grange Hall
FARM TRANSITION WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN RISING SUN College Park, MD. – Rising Sun will be one of several workshop locations in a series of one-day workshops to be held throughout Maryland this fall and winter for family farmers and ranchers interested in learning about the components of a successful...

Industrial Hemp Still Illegal To Cultivate In Maryland

This post is not legal advice The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill allows for the cultivating industrial hemp only in states that have developed a pilot program for a college, university, or another state department of agriculture to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes (§ 5940). Since the...

Lower Shore Estate Planning Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Somerset County Extension Office
An estate planning workshop has been planned for the Lower Eastern Shore to be held at the Somerset County Extension Office. Topics will include Getting the Conversation Started (Kay-Megan Washington), Estate Planning for Farmers (Marianna Batie), Tax Considerations for Agricultural Estate Planning...

Landowners Need to do Background Research Before Entering Into a Solar Energy Lease

Image by Edwin Remsberg This post is not legal advice Solar energy developers have begun approaching farmers and other landowners in the Mid-Atlantic region to lease land for large-scale solar energy projects. These projects typically require, on average, 7 acres to produce a megawatt of...

How Will Dairy Farmers of America Settlement Impact Maryland Dairy Farmers?

Image by Edwin Remsberg This post is not legal advice On June 7, a federal district judge approved a settlement in a class action involving numerous dairy farmers in the Northeast, including many Maryland producers. Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy cooperative, has agreed to pay a $...

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