University of Maryland Extension

Upper Shore Leasing Workshop

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
Kent County UME Office
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Paul Goeringer, Jennifer Rhodes, Greg Bowen, and Mae Johnson

            On Dec. 2nd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., farmers in the Cecil, Kent, Caroline, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties area will have an opportunity to learn more about the agricultural land leasing issues at the upcoming Farm Leasing Workshop.  The workshop is sponsored by Agriculture Law Education Initiative, University of Maryland Extension, Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Maryland FarmLink and funding is provided by USDA-NIFA and the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center.

This Leasing Workshop will take place at Kent County UME Office and will help landlords and tenants better understand the leasing process, communication, dispute resolution process, and how to find and market available farmland. 

            “Agricultural leasing has become more complex over the past few years, landlords and tenants have seen increasing rent prices, rising number of disputes between landlord and tenants, and other issues that can strain the landlord-tenant relationship” said Paul Goeringer, an Extension Legal Specialist with the University of Maryland.  “We want tenants and landlords to have successful leasing relationships that last for years,” Goeringer said. 

            The workshop will focus on legal issues related to developing a lease, tools that exist to aid in writing a lease and setting up a rental range, agricultural conflict resolution services available in Maryland, communicating with the other party, and an introduction to Maryland’s FarmLink.

The agenda is as follows:

Times Session Title
9:30 to 10:00 Registration
10:00 to 10:05 Welcome
10:05 to 10:50 Maryland FarmLink, Greg Bowen, Maryland FarmLink
10:50 to 11:20  So Leasing Laws Apply to Me?, Paul Goeringer, Agriculture Law Education Initiative
11:20 to 11:50 How Do I Determine A Fair Rent?, Paul Goeringer
11:50 to 12:30 Lunch
12:30 to 1:15 Communicating with the Landlord/Tenant, Jennifer Rhodes, University of Maryland Extension
1:15 to 2:00 Agricultural Mediation, Mae Johnson, Maryland Department of Agriculture
2:00 to 2:15 Closing Remarks and Evaluations

This workshop is sponsored by a grant from:

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