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Finding An Attorney for Your Case Requires Asking the Right Questions Selecting an attorney to represent you is not always an easy prospect especially if it is your first time needing legal help. You may not know how to go about finding the right attorney or what questions to ask. Does the attorney have experience handling cases like yours? Do you understand how the attorney will bill you? Are you paying a flat fee or being billed hourly?
Webinar to Address Issues Associated With Hiring and Training New Employees on the Farm         Agricultural operations may not always take the time to do simple background checks or provide employees with the proper initial training that can cause huge issues down the road.
Valuing On-Farm Heir’s Sweat Equity Is Complicated: Agreements Can Fairly Compensate On-Farm Heirs             Determining the value of sweat equity can be both challenging and controversial for farm families. Sweat equity arises as an issue when an on-farm heir receives payment at below market rate, and the farm business grows in size due to an on-farm heir’s below-market labors. Land in the farm may also appreciate in value due to the work of the on-farm heir.
Poultry Farm Electrical Safety Poultry farmers work with many different types of electrical equipment daily. Harsh environments inside and outside the poultry house can affect the safety of electrical equipment and create hazards.
Recognizing and Preventing Internal Parasites (Worms) in Small Flocks Recognizing and Preventing Internal Parasites (Worms) in Small Flocks
Sales of Poultry and Rabbit Meat in Maryland As more individuals become interested in producing their own meat from home raised birds and rabbits, questions arise about regulations for marketing those products to Maryland buyers. Please review the following information taken from federal regulations, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Proposed Poultry Litter Management Act Means a Change in How Growers and Integrators Manage Litter Photo by Edwin Remsberg  This post should not be considered legal advice or a political statement for or against this proposed legislation
Another Look at the Farmers’ Rights Act: How Would Livestock Production Contracts Be Impacted in Maryland? Photo by Edwin Remsberg 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.
Frequently Asked Questions?: Can I Shoot Down a UAV/Drone? Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post should not be construed as legal advice
Zook v. EPA: Does the EPA Have a Duty to Regulate Emissions From Animal Feeding Operations? Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post should not be construed as legal advice
Privacy Issues and the Use of sUAS/Drones in Maryland According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the lawful use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or more commonly as drones, are currently limited to military, research, and recreational applications. Under the FAA’s view, commercial uses of drones are illegal unless approved by the Federal government.
Taking Biosecurity Measures to Limit Your Legal Liability for the Spread of Avian Influenza             The possibility of an avian influenza (AI) outbreak on the Delmarva is a scary possibility.  The recent AI outbreak in the Midwest has resulted in the infection of over 48 million birds on 223 farms.  Infected birds are euthanized to help contain the disease, resulting in large economic loss to both the grower and integrator. 
Do Your Cows Get Out in the Middle of the Night? You’ll Want to Read This One! Photo by Edwin Remsberg This should not be construed as legal advice.
Raising Your Home Chicken Flock (EB-409) The home chicken flock can be an excellent source of low-cost, high-quality poultry products. This publication provides the basic tools to start a successful flock.
New Crop Insurance Option for Diversified Operations: Whole Farm Revenue Protection The 2014 Farm Bill authorized USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) to develop a new type of revenue insurance product, Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP). WFRP provides a risk management tool for all commodities on farms with up to $8.5 million in insured revenue.
Wait Manure A Pollutant?!?! Potentially, But Let Me Explain Why It Is In Wisconsin Photo by Edwin Remsberg This post does not construe legal advice
Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT): Know the Symptoms and What to Do if Your Flock is Affected (FS-966) Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) is an acute respiratory disease of chickens and occasionally, pheasants and peafowl, which often leads to severe losses in the poultry industry as well as backyard flocks.
Recognizing and Preventing Avian Pox in Small Flocks (FS-979) Avian pox is a viral disease that can occur in two forms: dry or skin (cutaneous) and the wet (or diphtheritic) form. Mortality is usually low (1%-5%), however, severe cases of wet pox can result in much higher mortality.
Healthy Living: Do Right-to-Farm Laws Take into Account Public Health? This post shall not construe legal or political advice and should be only utilized for educational benefits
Rodent Control on Small Poultry Farms Mice and rats are nuisance animals that typicallycan be found anywhere that poultry are grown.These rodents can spread disease and causestructural damage to your facilities, resulting ineconomic losses. Rodents are known to carry up to45 different diseases including leptospirosis,Salmonellosis, fowl pox and erysipelas.
Raising Your Home Chicken Flock The home chicken flock also can be an excellent source of low-cost, high-quality poultry products. This publication provides the basic tools to start a successful flock.


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