Agriculture Law Conference 2019
Updated: May 17, 2023

Farm Stress Management

Our team will participate in agricultural meetings around the state and at annual conferences, so stop in and say HI. If you have questions or suggestions for events please reach out as this is a new program for UME. We are happy to respond to invitations for private training/events.


Event: Service Provider Discussion Groups
Date: May 16, 2023, | Tuesday
Time: 2 p.m.   | Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Description: An online discussion group for service providers continuing the conversation from past trainings to discuss farm stress and share new resources. Many service providers publish magazines, newsletters and other methods of outreach to their audiences. Advertisements, tips, and articles will be created and printed to share farm stress management information and resources.


Event: Using the MIND Diet for improved Brain Health
Date: May 22, 2023, | Tuesday
Time: 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.   | Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Description: Join us for this fun and FREE presentation.  The MIND Diet (an acronym for Mediterranean-DASH Diet intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) targets the health of aging brain, preventing cognitive decline.  For special accommodations, please contact Ryan Salsman by May 19 at or (240) 623-6731


University of Delaware -A Webinar Series for Farmers, Waterman, Farm Workers, and Service Providers

As service providers, producers, and farm workers in the farming, fishing, and logging industries, we know how stressful these careers and lifestyles can be. We are uniquely positioned to support the success of our neighbors, family members, and clientele because we understand the uniqueness of their motivations, concerns, and well-being. While we are strong in many areas, we are often not confident in our ability to have supportive conversations that will improve decision-making, build on our strengths, and address tough topics. You may be unsure what to say when working with those burned out or stressed. This training series aims to strengthen skills and confidence in your ability to use proven communication tools to reduce risks and build resilience in your community members and their enterprises.


Topic: Confident Conversations – Using Improv and Humor to Address Mental Wellbeing and Increase Confidence.
Date: June 7, 2023, | Wednesday
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST  | Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Description: This session will offer an overview of the educational resources and how to use them with your clientele. We will review the background of the development of these resources, ground the materials in communication and adult education theory and lay the ground work for the rest of this training series.

Topic: Conversations in the Cornfield
Date: June 14, 2023, | Wednesday
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST  | Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Description: This session will introduce the humor and communication technique of “Yes and” and appreciative inquiry as tools to create safe environments for difficult conversations.

Topic: Super Farmer of Hope
Date: June 21, 2023, | Wednesday
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST  | Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Description: This session will introduce the idea of character strengths and strength spotting as tools to validate and build on strengths to support communication and creative problem-solving.

Topic: WFRSAN Emotional Weather Report
Date: June 28, 2023, | Wednesday
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST  | Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Description: This session will review information about burnout, provide strategies for determining sources of burnout, and offer techniques to address them.

Agricultural Law

Event: Ag Law Education Initiative Conference

Date: November 16, 2023  | Thursday
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 173 Jennifer Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401 US
Description: We are excited to be holding this program again in 2023 addressing the current issues within Maryland and bringing you expert-level speakers on various topics impacting our state's farmers and growers. You can visit our website @Agriculture Law Education Initiative ( for future schedule announcements and details as we finalize our speaking sessions for this year's program. Be sure to mark your calendars and feel free to share with any of your colleagues and friends who may have interest in attending!


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


Event: Cultivating Conservation
Dates: June 20 and June 27, 2023  | Tuesday
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm.
Description: The course will cover an overview of conservation practices, available conservation programs provided by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and other agencies, an understanding of application processes, eligibility, and contractual agreements, and how conservation projects can fit into an overall farm plan.

The program will provide three hours of online classroom instruction. It is free and open to anyone interested in adopting conservation practices on their farm. For more information about the program:

This project is funded through the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant. The program is open to all. If you need special accommodations, please contact the coordinator Shannon Dill, phone (410) 822-1244, e-mail:



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.