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Valuing On-Farm Heir’s Sweat Equity Is Complicated: Agreements Can Fairly Compensate On-Farm Heirs             Determining the value of sweat equity can be both challenging and controversial for farm families. Sweat equity arises as an issue when an on-farm heir receives payment at below market rate, and the farm business grows in size due to an on-farm heir’s below-market labors. Land in the farm may also appreciate in value due to the work of the on-farm heir.
Market Facilitation Program Available to Assist Producers Due to Trade Disputes The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) established the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) under Section 5 of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act.
Check Out Recent Webinar on International Trade The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics hosted a webinar on international trade issues in agriculture.  The webinar featured  Dr. Luis Ribera, Associate Professor and Extension Economist, Texas A&M University. Dr.
Management Tool of Last Resort: Bankruptcy Offers Protections to Qualifying Agricultural Operations and Fishermen to Restructure Business and Survive Tough Economic Times Agriculture like many businesses is full of risks: marketing, financial, production, labor, and legal risks. With each risk area, producers must develop strategies to manage those risks. To manage marketing risks, for example, a producer would develop a plan for how to handle crops grown over the course of the season to maximize profits.
Proposed Settlement of Claims Against Syngenta May Not Apply to Maryland and Delaware Corn Growers, But A Future Settlement Will Settle Claims Nationwide Image by Edwin RemsbergDisclaimer:  Neither Paul, nor the University of Maryland take any position on the claims asserted against Syngenta or on whether producers join in a  class action lawsuit against Syngenta.  This article is for informational purposes only. 
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.
Farmer-saved Seed: What is Legal? What is Not? Most wheat and soybean seed sold in Maryland is protected by either U.S. Patent Law or the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA). These protections severely limit the age-old practice of “farmer-saved seed” or prohibit it entirely, depending upon the protection the owner of the variety secures.
2016 Cash Rents in Maryland and Delaware             USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) updated data on cash rent paid by farmers in 2016.  NASS collects this data from 240,000 farms across the United States annually through the Cash Rent Survey - data used by other agencies throughout USDA.  The survey results give us an idea of what other tenants in the area may be paying per acre for farmland.
Crop Insurance For Maryland Field Crops And Livestock Image by Edwin Remsberg Multi-peril crop insurance is a valuable risk management tool which allows you to insure against losses on your farm due to adverse weather conditions, price fluctuations, and unavoidable pests and diseases. It shifts unavoidable production risks to an insurance company for the payment of a fixed amount of premium per acre.
How to Handle Crop Insurance Proceeds and Farm Program Payments on Your Taxes Photo by Edwin Remsberg  This post should not be construed as tax advice
Frequently Asked Questions?: Can I Shoot Down a UAV/Drone? Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post should not be construed as legal advice
2014 Farm Bill Makes Changes to the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) was established in 1994 and administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). NAP is a risk management tool for those producers growing crops not currently covered by a crop insurance product.
Commodity Program Choices by Maryland Farmers under the 2014 Farm Bill Photo by Edwin Remsberg The Farm Service Agency of USDA has released information on farmer signups for the three program options: Price Loss Coverage (PLC), county Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC-CO), and individual Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC-IC).  This publication provides a quick overview of which programs Maryland producers preferred.
Estimated Payments Under the 2014 County Agricultural Risk Coverage Program in Maryland Photo by Edwin Remsberg Recently released USDA data and projections allow us to make some fairly good guesses about the per acre payments which farmers will be eligible for in fall of 2015 under the County Agricultural Risk Coverage program (ARC-CO for short).
Frequently Asked Questions: Does Selling the Farm Terminate an Existing Lease? Photo by Signazon This post should not be construed as legal advice
Microbreweries and the New Class 8 Farm Brewery License Microbreweries and craft beers are a growing trend nationwide. In order to encourage more development in this growing industry, the state of Maryland has created a few new liquor licenses that make small-scale brewing easier.
Can You Take the Corn Stalks With You? Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post should not be construed as legal advice
Frequently Asked Questions: Can I Use a Residential Lease to Rent Farmland? Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post should not be relied upon as legal advice
Legal Liability of Saving Seeds in an Era of Expiring Patents While the Roundup Ready patent has expired, producers nonetheless need to understand the implications for their operations and how other laws may continue to limit their ability to save harvested seed for planting the following season.
Farm Leases and Big Data: Issues That Cannot Be Settled By a Handshake Deal Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post should not be considered legal advice
Quick Look at Yield Exclusion Option in 2014 Farm Bill Photo by Edwin Remsberg, MDA One new option for crop insurance in the 2014 Farm Bill  is Yield Exclusion (YE).  YE allows for producers to exclude specific yields from eligible years from their actual production histories (APH).  This exclusion can have an impact on producers’ APHs and crop insurance premiums.
Developing Your Agricultural Land Lease: Updating the Rental Rate Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post is not intended to provide legal advice

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