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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...

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...

Legal Liability of Saving Seeds in an Era of Expiring Patents

2014 marked the expiration of Monsanto’s patent on the first generation Round-up Ready technology. But, this expiration does not mean that farmers using seed from first generation Roundup Ready technology will be able to save harvested seed for planting a subsequent crop. Many seed companies...

Considerations for Equine Lease Agreements

Offering a horse for lease can be a good option for an owner who is unable to ride or care for their horse due to physical, time, or financial constraints but still wishes to maintain ownership. A lease can be an alternative to selling the horse, a way to cut maintenance costs, or an avenue to...

Protecting the Family Farm in Divorce

Divorce can be financially devastating for a family farm. Protecting the family farm from divorce is possible if farmers plan ahead with a valid prenuptial agreement, understand the legal parameters of marital vs. non-marital property, limit bequests to family members, and are able to come to a...

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...

On-Farm Breweries Are a Growing Agritourism Area, But Keep In Mind Legal Requirements

Recently, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to allow for the development of on-farm breweries. This area of the law (at least in Maryland) is still new and developing as it relates to breweries. For those considering developing an on-farm brewery, a fact sheet, Microbreweries and the...

How do CSA Operators Manage Risks In Their Operations?

CSA operators utilize various methods to manage risks in their operations. One way can be through the membership agreement, but other ways can be utlized. Recently, a report was issued by Mayhah R. Suri and Paul Goeringer discussing the results of the work done by the Department of Agricultural and...

Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 (All day)
Doubletree Hotel
Please save the date for the upcoming Ag and Environmental Law Conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis. Check back for speakers, an agenda, and conference website over the summer. To register for the event go here: http://aleiconference2016.eventbrite.com To see last year's presentation,...
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...

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