University of Maryland Extension

When Can the Government Enter Your Farm?

Sarah Everhart

Farmers are challenged daily by a variety of external factors: fluctuating markets, the unpredictability of Mother Nature, and perhaps the most challenging of all: the vast, ever changing array of local, state, and Federal laws. Every new law has the potential to bring a new government inspector out to the farm to ensure the farmer is in compliance. But when can this stranger enter, and when can they be turned away? Most of us understand that the police cannot enter our homes without a warrant. But how does this translate when an inspector drives up the farm lane?

To learn the answers to these questions, check out the new article by Sarah Everhart that is available at

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