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Let's Look at the Farmers’ Rights Act

Paul Goeringer

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This post should not constitute legal advice or lobbying for or against this piece of legislation.  The purpose of this post is to review the possible implications of proposed legislation.

            Recently, the Maryland General Assembly’s House of Delegates and Senate both introduced legislation entitled Farmers’ Rights Act (HB 1019 & SB 532).  If enacted,how would the legislation potentially impact Maryland agriculture?  Let’s take a look at it today and see.

            The Farmers’ Rights Act (the Act) would require the use of a regulated livestock production contract in agriculture.  A livestock production contract, for those unfamiliar with the term, is when a producer agrees to feed and care for livestock owned by a contractor in return for money.  The Act is similar to one enacted in Minnesota in 1999 and a proposed model law called the “Producer Protection Act” (PPA) which captured features of Minnesota’s law and other states’ laws regulating production contracts. 

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