University of Maryland Extension

Right-to-Farm

Maryland’s Right-to-Farm law is designed to protect agricultural operations, such as dairy, grain, fruit, vegetables, and poultry, or traditional forestry operations, with an affirmative defense to nuisance suits.

It is evident that the population in rural Maryland has increased along with urban sprawl.  Population growth in Maryland has increased 10.8% in the last 10 years, which is a gain of 515,733 persons.  Maryland ranks 19th in population and 5th in population density in the nation.   Projections show that Maryland will continue to grow through the next 10 years. 

The following resources are to assist in the prevention or resolution of rural conflicts. 

Understanding Agricultural Liability: Maryland's Right-to-Farm Law (Fact Sheet 2013)

Improve Neighbor Relations: Welcome to the Neighborhood

Improve Neighbor Relations: Farmers Advise Farmers

Link to agriculture mediation

http://mda.maryland.gov/Pages/acrs.aspx

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