Annie's Project Lunch and Learn
Updated: April 12, 2024

Ag Law

Land in Maryland: Basic Legal Issues for All Landowners (ONLINE COURSE FOR LANDOWNERS)
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. For more information or to register, go to

Annie's Project

Annie's Project classes focus on the many aspects of farm management and are designed to empower women in overall farm decision-making and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is farm-women and women involved in agriculture with a passion for business, agriculture, and involvement in farm operations. Topics for the sessions cover the five areas of Risk Management - Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal Risk, and Human Resources. This 6-week course is open to anyone interested in farm management practices.

For more information about the course

Farm Management

Labor Webinars Planned for Agricultural Employers
The University of Maryland and the University of Delaware will host the Hiring and Retaining Farm Employees – What you Need to Know and Do four webinars every Friday in April at noon starting on April 5th and ending on April 26. The free webinars will cover developing an employee handbook for your operation, basic legal requirements, and how to incorporate benefits that agricultural employers deal with. The funding for this program is thanks to the Northeast Risk Management Education Center. The webinars will start at 12 noon.

The webinar schedule includes:

  • April 5: Introduction to the Employer Guide and Workbook - Nate Bruce, Farm Business Management Specialist, UD Cooperative Extension;
  • April 12: Finding the right person, Employee Handbook, Paul Goeringer, Sr. Faculty Specialist and Extension Specialist, UMD
  • April 19: Overview of health insurance options with case study, Jesse Ketterman, PhD, AFC, Senior Agent, University of Maryland Extension
  • April 26: Overview retirement savings options with case study, Maria Pippidis, Extension Educator, Financial Wellness, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

For more information or to register for the webinars, go to - and do not hesitate to reach out to Paul Goeringer at if you have any questions.


Setting Up a Farm Chart of Accounts
Date: July 9, 2024  | Tuesday
Time: 12 noon  | Cost: Free
Location: Online webinar (Zoom)
Description: A chart of accounts is the base to all financial recordkeeping. The chart of accounts is an organized classification of transactions within the business. It makes managing the finances easier to manage, categorize, and understand. This webinar will provide an introduction to setting up a farm chart of accounts. This webinar is sponsored by Women In Agriculture and are free and open to all.

Maryland Food Ventures

New Online Course: Maryland Cottage Food Producers and On-Farm Processors

If you are starting a value-added food business in Maryland. Sign-up today for the Maryland Food Ventures Interactive self-paced online course!

The course covers information for food subject to Maryland cottage Food or On-Farm Home Processing regulations, like high-acid jams, most breads, dried herbs, and raw honey.

Topics include product development, food safety and licensing, marketing, packaging, financing, and pricing. The online course will consist of short videos, exercises, and quizzes with an average course completion time of five to six hours; surveys to assess attitudes and behaviors related to value-added foods.

Register Today!
Cost: $35

To start, go to the home page here: Click on the button, “Go To Checkout”. Register with the UME Agriculture and Food Systems through the Teachable platform, and the course homepage will be available. Start with the first module and enjoy the course!

If you have any questions or need any accommodations, contact Dr. Shauna Henley,, 410-887-8090.

Women In Agriculture

  • Women in Agriculture Webinars
    Women in Agriculture offers a webinar on the second Tuesday of each month. Various topics include financial, human resource, legal, marketing, social media, and production. They are FREE and open to all! 

    Upcoming webinars
  • MidAtlantic Women In Agriculture Conference
    A Regional Women in Agriculture conference has been held annually since 2001. It is a combined effort of Extension Service at the University of Maryland, University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Virginia Tech, and Rutgers along with a planning committee consisting of organizations and private industry. The next conference will take place in 2025.

    For more information