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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 $...

Energy Leasing Webinar

Monday, Jun. 27, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Online
Photo by Edwin Remsberg Rural landowners and attorneys who want to learn more about solar energy development can do so at the upcoming Solar Energy Leasing Program webinar. Slated for June 27, the webinar is geared toward landowners who may be approached for solar development, said Paul Goeringer,...

Have You Developed an Estate Plan? What Happens When You Die Without A Will?

Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post is not legal advice Recently, the singer Prince suddenly passed away, but many of you may not have seen the news that he died without a will ( http://wapo.st/1YgOGvX ). The rapper Snoop Dogg has discussed not having a will and not wanting to make a will either (...
Specialists in the field of agricultural law and water from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (link is external) will...
In the 1980s, states adopted right-to-farm laws, or defenses to nuisance suits that might be brought against agricultural operations because of dust, noise, odor, etc. Since their adoption, these...
The final rule on fresh produce safety has been released by the US FDA on November 13, 2015. The new rule addresses requirements in five key areas pertaining to produce safety. These are agricultural...

Legal Developments in Animal Agriculture

Photo by Edwin Remsberg 2015 has seen many legal developments in animal agriculture. We have seen one federal district court hold manure when applied inexcess to be a solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. We have seen groups push to have the animal agriculture exemption...

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