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Agriculture Law Education Initiative at Maryland Farm Bureau Conference

Agriculture Law Education Initiative Meets Maryland Farmers at 2013 Maryland Farm Bureau Conference

The Agriculture Law Education Initiative attended the 2013 Maryland Farm Bureau Conference, held on December 8 - 10, 2013. Playing host to a multitude of organizations and individuals that assist, inform, and work directly with Maryland’s farmers and agricultural community, the Conference was attended by many farmers from around Maryland.

During one of the “breakout” sessions, Paul Goeringer led the standing room only seminar, “What are Your Rights?” which explored different liability issues for farmers. While some questions were answered during the seminar, many participants waited in line after the presentation to ask Goeringer additional questions.

Teresa LaMaster and Dean Cheng-I Wei also gave a presentation to conference attendees announcing the launch of ALEI and the organization’s website. The announcement was met with a great deal of interest by many of the farmers and agricultural organizations, who soon after took time to visit ALEI’s booth in the exhibition room. The Initiative received many inquiries regarding the next training or educational program that will be hosted on agriculture law. Most importantly, many of the visitors to the booth brought new legal issues to the Initiative’s attention. ALEI is currently researching and developing legal resources to address these issues.

The Conference was an excellent opportunity for the Initiative to introduce its programs and publications to the Maryland agriculture community-at-large, and the remarkable attendance and interest reinforced the Initiative’s previous research that Maryland farmers have a desire to understand the law and their rights. We would like to thank the Maryland Farmer Bureau and their executive director Valeria Connelly for their hospitality. ALEI is looking forward to working with many of the organizations and individuals we met at the Conference.

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