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Understanding Agricultural Liability: Maryland’s Right-to-Farm Law Can Limit Liability for Maryland Farm, Commercial Fishing, and Seafood Operators

Many individuals moving into agricultural areas in Maryland have no farm backgrounds and little understanding of agricultural operations. The same is true of commercial fishing and seafood operations in Maryland. Once there, the new residents may find the noises, insects, farm equipment on the...
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
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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...

Frequently Asked Questions: What Is the Difference Between an Animal Welfare Statute and a Right-to-Farm Statute?

Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post should not be construed as legal advice Introduction You often present us with questions looking to strengthen Maryland’s Right-to-Farm law or one of the county right-to-farm ordinances. Sometimes the questions relate to strengthening these laws in relationship to...

How Does Maryland’s Right-to-Farm Law Compare With Other States?

I am continuing the right-to-farm (RTF) law series today with a comparison of Maryland’s law with other states’ RTF laws. To recap, Ashley has provided an overview of what happened pre-RTF laws . For anyone interested in a good overview of pre-RTF law court decisions by state, please send me an...

What? More Poultry Houses?

Editor's note: As a part of our ongoing right-to-farm law series, we are happy to have Mae Johnson, Administrator, Maryland Agricultural Conflict Resolution Service (ACReS), Maryland Department of Agriculture preparing this post. Maryland's Right-to-Farm law requires mediation before going to court...

Life Before Right To Farm Laws: What Was That Like?

Introduction Over the next week, Paul, Mae Johnson and I will be posting a series of articles discussing the role that right-to-farm laws play in the agriculture industry. Today, I will outline what life was like before such laws and what the legal implications were. Mae will be highlighting the...

Healthy Living: Do Right-to-Farm Laws Take into Account Public Health?

This post shall not construe legal or political advice and should be only utilized for educational benefits We pick back up with our right-to-farm (RTF) series, today looking at whether RTF laws protect public health. Remember, if you care to read any earlier posts with Ashley Newhall covering life...
Life Before Right To Farm Laws: What Was That Like? Introduction Over the next week, Paul, Mae Johnson and I will be posting a series of articles discussing the role that right-to-farm laws play in...

A Constitutional Right to Farm?

Photo by Edwin Remsberg
Note: This post originally appeared in the Delmarva Farmer July 22, 2014, Vol. 39, No. 20. This post does not also substitute for legal advice. State constitutions typically guarantee their citizens freedom of speech, the right to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and the right to a jury trial,...

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