agricultural law

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...

Recent Developments with Right-to-Farm Laws Webinar

Monday, Apr. 4, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online Event
Photo by Edwin Remsberg 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 laws have been applied in many different ways. Recently, states have begun to...

Understanding Agricultural Liability: Premise’s Liability

Y ou face many risks in your farming operation, including weather, crop prices, and environmental issues beyond your control. If you own or lease farmland, you also may encounter the liability risks associated with individuals coming on to your land, whether invited or not. You can take steps to...

Legal Issues in Animal Agriculture: Understanding Ag Gag Laws

Image by Edwin Remsberg A recent federal court ruling in Idaho has brought the debate over so-called “ag gag” laws to a head in many areas of the country. But what does it mean for attorneys, agricultural service professionals, educators and producers? On November 5th, the Agricultural Law...

Privacy Issues and the Use of sUAS/Drones in Maryland

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the lawful use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or more commonly as drones, are currently limited to military, research, and recreational applications. Under the FAA’s view, commercial uses of...

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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