Agriculture Law Conference 2019
Updated: February 13, 2024

Farm Stress Management

Event: Farm Family Communications & Estate Planning Workshop
Date: February 28, 2024  |  Monday
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Snow Hill Lions Club, 5458 Market Street, Snow Hill, MD 21863
Description: Join the University of Maryland for an intensive one-day workshop focused on assisting you in communicating your objectives to your family and help plan for a smooth and secure transition of the farm operations to future generations.


Farm Stress Management Course
This online self-paced training is designed for Agriculture Service Providers to equip them with the skills and knowledge to support farms and farm families in times of distress. The training was developed by the University of Maryland Extension Farm Stress Management Team. The goals include: identify signs of distress, develop skills to communicate with those experiencing stress, and provide resources both locally and nationally. Financial and regulatory topics will also be discussed as they are often contributors to stress on the farm. To access the course visit our online portal at

For more information on the Farm Stress Management program visit The program is open to all and is funded through a grant with the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub award number ENE20-160-34268.

Agricultural 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 events. For more information, reach out to Elizabeth Thilmany at


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

LEAD Maryland

The LEAD Program seeks applicants with career, service, or interest in: production agriculture, natural resources, the environment and conservation, food (processing, sourcing, distribution, marketing, safety), rural communities and development, business, communications, education, government, science and technology, finance, and much more. Fellowships provide:

  •  Public Issues Education (PIE);
  • Personal growth and leadership development opportunities;
  • Communications and problem-solving skills training;
  • Support, direction, and resources to help emerging leaders succeed in serving agricultural, natural resources, and rural community sectors; Opportunities to learn more about Maryland and to meet leaders from throughout the state.

For more information about the program and the application process

Beginning Farmers

Maryland Farmer Success Online Course
This summer, the University of Maryland (UMD) is partnering with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and USDA to create a four-module online training course, Maryland Farming Success. The online training course is separated into four modules designed around preparing farmers for success by providing information about available USDA programs and creating the ability for participants to have a successful business plan, including - mission and goals, enterprise budgeting, risk management, and legal risk management. For more information on the Maryland Farming Success learning course, or to REGISTER, click here, FREE. This material is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency, under award number RMA21CPT001159

Agriculture Extension Winter Crop Production Meetings

Fall is officially here, meaning your local Ag Agents are preparing for the 2022-2023 Winter Production Meetings. 

Find a meeting close to you.