Agriculture Law Conference 2019
Updated: January 30, 2023

Farm Stress Management

Event: Power Couples Retreat
Date: Feb. 4-5, 2023  | Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $150 per couple (includes overnight stay and 3 meals)
Location: The Westin Annapolis, 100 Westgate Circle, Annapolis, MD
Description: A workshop for business-owning couples in the agriculture industry. For more information see the brochure (pdf) or questions and special accommodations, please contact Ryan Salsman by January 20th at or 240-623-6731

Agricultural Law

Produce Safety Alliance

Brought to you by the Maryland Food Safety Network

Who Should Attend?

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which requires.

"At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration."

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course?

The trainers will cover content contained in these eight modules:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Role of Maryland Dept. of Agriculture and On-Farm Readiness Reviews
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions. Appropriate time will be made for breaks at the discretion of the instructors.

Registration Includes:

  • Course Materials (Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Manual v1.2)
  • Course Certificate from the Produce Safety Alliance upon successful completion of course materials

Participation requirements for in-person attendees include:

  • Course attendance and participation will be monitored. Any attendee who does not participate for the duration of the course will not be eligible for certification.
  • A hard-copy Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Manual v1.2 will be available to each attendee prior to the course administration.
  • Participants are expected to complete and return course evaluations within one week of completing the course.

Funding for this series of work described in this article is supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award U2FFD007444 totaling $523,497 with 100 percent funded by FDA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

In-Person PSA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training for Urban Farmers
Date: Feb. 10, 2023 (Fri.)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: University of Maryland Extension-Anne Arundel County Office, 97 Dairy Ln., Gambrills, MD 21054
Registration Link:


Landowner Oriented Agricultural Law Workshops Will Be Held Across Maryland

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) will host two one-day workshops on Jan. 26 th in Boonesboro and Jan. 31 st at Chesapeake College. The So You Want to Own Farmland in Maryland workshops will be from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

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 workshop 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. The workshops will also involve research related to solar development by Elizabeth Thilmany, a Faculty Specialist in AREC.

“These workshops will be a great opportunity for landowners and other professionals in rural areas to learn about some of the basic legal issues that many deal with daily. They can understand their rights and responsibilities whether they are involved in agriculture or own land in a rural area,” said Goeringer.

Lunch is provided with the workshops. Each workshop will begin at 9 am with a check-in, and the workshops will run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The dates and locations are:

Date: January 31, 2023  |  Tues.
Location: Chesapeake College, 110 Higher Education Center, 1000 College Cir,
Wye Mills, MD 21679.

Register for Jan. 31 (Chesapeake College)
Participants will receive copies of Extension fact sheets and other valuable documents as a part of the workshop series.

For more information or to register, go to For more information, please get in touch with Paul Goeringer at

This is material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2021‐70027‐34693.


Event: Agribusiness Tax Management Workshop
Date: February 16-17 2023  | Thursday & Friday
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: UMES Research, Extension and Teaching Farm, 10789 Stewart Neck Road, Princess Anne, MD 21853
Register on Eventbrite:

Description:  UMES Extension’s Agriculture Law Education Initiative, UMES Extension's Small Farm Program, The Tennie Group LLC, and Horizon Farm Credit are providing a comprehensive, two-day, 8-hour, in-person workshop designed to educate agricultural producers on the basics of agricultural tax management. The workshop will equip farmers with a better understanding of business and agricultural taxes. Some of the topics covered include: business structure and tax considerations, tax liability issues and helpful resources, understanding basic tax documents, how depreciation should be reflected on tax returns, along with business planning and financial statements. The goal of the workshop is to impart general information, not individual tax preparation. Participants remain responsible for obtaining tax advice from their own independent advisors on their particular circumstances. The workshop takes place from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, February 17. Pre-registration is required. The $20 fee covers both days of the workshop along with educational materials and lunch on the second day. The in-person event will be held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Research, Extension and Teaching Farm on Stewart Neck Road in Princess Anne, Md. For more information or if you require special accommodations to attend, please contact UMES Small Farm Program Coordinator, Berran Rogers, at


Event: Soil Amendment Workshop
Date: February March 9 2023  | Thursday
Time: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Agricultural History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD 2085
Cost: $10 (covers expenses for the provided light breakfast and lunch)
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Description: Soil amendments are any of the materials growers add to the soil – like compost and fertilizers – to improve its physical or chemical properties and promote better crop growth. Biological soil amendments of animal origin (BSAAOs) are those that come from animals, like manure or animal mortalities, and can include pre- and post-consumer waste like table scraps. Proper use of soil amendments is critical for managing soil fertility, improving soil quality, and often results in healthier and tastier crops.

However, soil amendments, particularly BSAAOs, that are untreated or inadequately treated prior to application can contain harmful human pathogens that can cause foodborne illness in consumers. This topic is especially relevant to growers of specialty crops that are typically eat raw and produce covered by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR).

Workshop speakers will provide an overview on the PSR and draft guidance from the FDA to understand the current regulatory framework and requirements regarding soil amendments, the basics of how to compost, and the benefits of using BSAAOs to the soil and the farm. The intent is to help growers understand risks and benefits of using BSAAOs and how to comply with the current requirements. It will also provide an update on the status of BSAAO Risk Assessment, associated research, and discuss the possible future of Subpart F provisions for the use of untreated BSAAO on covered farms. Attendees will receive a certificate of workshop completion for their records.

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


Event: Maryland Beginning Farmer Success Course
Date: Feb. 2, 2023, thru April 6, 2023 (Thursday evenings)  | Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Small groups of students will meet in person at one of several locations across the state of Maryland, in either Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Montgomery County, and Charles County.
Cost: $65 plus eventbrite fees (total: $70.59)
Description: This course is designed for people in Maryland who are considering or in the beginning stages of starting a farm as a business. Topics covered will include business planning, marketing, crop production, livestock husbandry, soil health, pest management, food safety, and regulations and certifications. Additional elective resources will cover more specialized topics, such as organic production, urban agriculture, and direct marketing to local customers. Students will learn from over 14 speakers, including agricultural Extension educators, farmers, and agricultural industry professionals.

This 10-week course will be offered in a blended in-person and online format.

  • The class will meet on Thursday evenings, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., from February 2 through April 6, 2023.
  • The course kick-off session on February 2 and the final class and graduation ceremony on April 6 will be held in person. Small groups of students will meet in person at one of several locations across the state of Maryland, in either Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Montgomery County, and Charles County.
  • In weeks 2 through 9 of the course, students will complete at-your-own pace homework on the course website on and will meet online each Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a live class using the software Zoom.

This course does not provide college credit or an exam-based certification. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate stating that they completed the course requirements. To complete the course, students will need to both attend the weekly class and complete weekly homework on the course website.

Two course textbooks will be used, with supplementary readings and videos from additional sources. Both course textbooks are available for free digitally. Hard-copies of the course textbooks can be picked up at the Feb 2 in-person kick-off session.

By actively engaging in this program, participants will

  • Understand each of the topics covered at a beginner’s level, so they will be prepared to take more advanced trainings in future.
  • Decide what they need to learn more about next to launch their farm business.

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.