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Updated: February 8, 2024

Ag Law

Cultivating Knowledge Together: Maryland's Peer-Powered Land Use Workshops

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) will host two one-day, in-person workshops on Feb 26th at Chesapeake College and March 12th in Boonsboro. The Cultivating Knowledge Together: Maryland’s Peer-Powered Land Use workshops will run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Registration is required to attend. This program is complimentary and made possible through a Northeast Risk Management Education Center grant.

Location: Chesapeake College
Address: 110 Higher Education Center, 1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD 21679
Date: February 26, 2024  | Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Washington County’s University of Maryland Extension Office
Address: 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713.
Date: March 12, 2024  | Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Thilmany, a Faculty Specialist in AREC, and Paul Goeringer, a Senior Faculty Specialist and Extension Specialist in agricultural law, will lead the workshops, covering topics such as leasing land, renewable energy policy implications, estate planning, and zoning, among other topics. Through interactive elements like live polling and case scenario decision-making, participants will actively engage with the material, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the processes and considerations involved in making informed land use decisions.

"These workshops offer a unique opportunity for landowners to connect and engage in peer-driven knowledge sharing, especially relevant in the context of owning farmland in the age of renewable energy development. Participants will leave with a comprehensive understanding of land ownership and valuable connections," said Thilmany.

Complimentary breakfast refreshments, coffee, and lunch will be provided during the workshops. Check-in begins at 9 am, with the workshops running from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Registration: For more information or to register, go to events. For more information, reach out to Elizabeth Thilmany at


Land in Maryland: Basic Legal Issues for All Landowners (ONLINE COURSE FOR LANDOWNERS)
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) has released a new online course for rural landowners in Maryland. The So You Want to Own Farmland in Maryland course is now available through the University of Maryland’s Enterprise Learning Management System – Canvas. The free program will cover those legal issues that Maryland landowners may face. A grant funds the program through the Northeast Risk Management Education Center.

The online course will feature Paul Goeringer, a Senior Faculty Specialist and Extension Specialist in agricultural law. He will address leasing, landowner liability issues, right-to-farm law, fencing laws, livestock liability, and estate planning. For more information or to register, go to

Annie's Project

Annie's Project classes focus on the many aspects of farm management and are designed to empower women in overall farm decision-making and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is farm-women and women involved in agriculture with a passion for business, agriculture, and involvement in farm operations. Topics for the sessions cover the five areas of Risk Management - Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal Risk, and Human Resources. This 6-week course is open to anyone interested in farm management practices. This year the classes will begin on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. For more information or to register go to
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Maryland Food Ventures

New Online Course: Maryland Cottage Food Producers and On-Farm Processors

If you are starting a value-added food business in Maryland. Sign-up today for the Maryland Food Ventures Interactive self-paced online course!

The course covers information for food subject to Maryland cottage Food or On-Farm Home Processing regulations, like high-acid jams, most breads, dried herbs, and raw honey.

Topics include product development, food safety and licensing, marketing, packaging, financing, and pricing. The online course will consist of short videos, exercises, and quizzes with an average course completion time of five to six hours; surveys to assess attitudes and behaviors related to value-added foods.

Register Today!
Cost: $35

To start, go to the home page here: Click on the button, “Go To Checkout”. Register with the UME Agriculture and Food Systems through the Teachable platform, and the course homepage will be available. Start with the first module and enjoy the course!

If you have any questions or need any accommodations, contact Dr. Shauna Henley,, 410-887-8090.

Women In Agriculture

  • Women in Agriculture Webinars
    Women in Agriculture offers webinars on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Various topics include financial, human resource, legal, marketing, social media, and production. They are FREE and open to all! 

    Upcoming webinars
  • MidAtlantic Women In Agriculture Conference
    A Regional Women in Agriculture conference has been held annually since 2001. It is a combined effort of Extension Service at the University of Maryland, University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Virginia Tech, and Rutgers along with a planning committee consisting of organizations and private industry. The next conference will take place in February 15, 2024!

    For more information