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Ag Law

Cultivating Knowledge Together: Maryland's Peer-Powered Land Use Workshops

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) will host two one-day, in-person workshops on Feb 26th at Chesapeake College and March 12th in Boonsboro. The Cultivating Knowledge Together: Maryland’s Peer-Powered Land Use workshops will run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Registration is required to attend. This program is complimentary and made possible through a Northeast Risk Management Education Center grant.

Location: Chesapeake College
Address: 110 Higher Education Center, 1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD 21679
Date: February 26, 2024  | Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Washington County’s University of Maryland Extension Office
Address: 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713.
Date: March 12, 2024  | Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Thilmany, a Faculty Specialist in AREC, and Paul Goeringer, a Senior Faculty Specialist and Extension Specialist in agricultural law, will lead the workshops, covering topics such as leasing land, renewable energy policy implications, estate planning, and zoning, among other topics. Through interactive elements like live polling and case scenario decision-making, participants will actively engage with the material, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the processes and considerations involved in making informed land use decisions.

"These workshops offer a unique opportunity for landowners to connect and engage in peer-driven knowledge sharing, especially relevant in the context of owning farmland in the age of renewable energy development. Participants will leave with a comprehensive understanding of land ownership and valuable connections," said Thilmany.

Complimentary breakfast refreshments, coffee, and lunch will be provided during the workshops. Check-in begins at 9 am, with the workshops running from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Registration: For more information or to register, go to https://agrisk.umd.edu events. For more information, reach out to Elizabeth Thilmany at thilmany@umd.edu.


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 https://go.umd.edu/3ZSkv4r.

Event: Transition to Organic Production
Date: March 19, 2024  |  Tuesday
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 32:00 p.m.  | Cost: Free
Location:  Chesapeake College, Eastern Shore Higher Education Center, HEC 110, 1000 College Circle Wye Mills, MD 21679
Description: The agenda for the day includes presentations by Klaas Martens, Chris Johnson and Brian Kalmbach covering key topics such as the direction and future of organic production, insights into organic grain markets, and navigating certification, regulations, and requirements. Additionally, there will be a farmer roundtable discussion featuring panelists representing various aspects of organic farming, including grain, vegetable, animal, and research. Light breakfast refreshments and lunch will be served. 
To register or for more information: https://go.umd.edu/TOPP or contact Dwayne Joseph at dwaynej@umd.edu or by calling 443-480-8369

If you need any reasonable accommodations to participate in any event or activity, please contact University of Maryland Extension - Kent County at 410-778-1661 by March 5th. 

Recordings from past events

Virtual Forage Conference: Jan. 25 & 27, 2022
Description: The 2022 Maryland-Delaware Forage Conferences will be offered in virtually. The virtual sessions will follow the same format as last year and will take place over two partial days on January 25th and January 27th starting at 9 AM each morning. Certified crop advisor, nutrient management, and private pesticide applicator credits will be offered.