March 31, 2023
By Paul Goeringer

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.

“This online course is a great opportunity for landowners and other professionals in rural areas to learn about or refresh on some basic legal issues that many deal with daily. They can understand their rights and responsibilities whether they are involved in agriculture or own land in a rural area and live next door to an agricultural operation,” said Goeringer.

The online course is free to attend and is at a participant’s own pace. Participants will receive copies of Extension fact sheets and other valuable documents as a part of the online course. For more information or to register, go to For more information, please get in touch with Paul Goeringer at

This is material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2021-70027-34693.