Agriculture Law Conference 2019
Updated: August 15, 2022

Farm Stress Management

Wednesday Webinar: Farm Stress Management and Resiliency
Date: August 24, 2022  | Wednesday
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.  | Cost: Free
Location: Online webinar
Description: Farm and farm families experience a variety of stressors that lead to disruptions on the farm. Building resilience is necessary to reduce the impact of stressors and strengthen the farm and farm families. This session will share strategies that promote resilience and identify signs of stress on the farm.

Register to attend Farm Stress Management and Resiliency

Maryland State Fair
Dates: August 26, 2002 & August 28, 2022  |  Friday and Sunday

Location: Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD

2022 MASCD/NACD NE Region Annual Meeting
Date: August 28-31
, 2022  |  Sunday thru Wednesday
Location: Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, MD

Agricultural Law

ALEI August Webinar Series 2022 - Business Transitions & Estate Plan Considerations

The ALEI August Webinar Series on Legal Considerations for Choosing Your Farm Business Structure. This series of webinars will help new and beginning farm entrepreneurs understand their options when choosing a business structure, commercial insurance needs and considerations, accounting and tax implications of business structures, and feature farmer speakers to discuss their experiences with their chosen business organization. Each webinar will include approximately 20 minutes for group discussion and Q & A.

Event: Figuring Out Farm Business Insurance Needs Webinar
Date: August 15, 2022  |  Monday
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.  |  Location: online webinar
Cost: Free  | Registration:
Description: This session will cover the basics of the commercial insurance options, assessing your coverage needs, and communicating with your insurance agent.

Event: Understanding Tax & Accounting Implications of Business Structures
Date: August 22, 2022  |  Monday
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.  |  Location: online webinar
Cost: Free  | Registration:
Description: This session will cover the basics of business accounting and tax implications associated with the various business forms.

Event: Putting It Together - Butterbee Farms, LLC
Date: August 31, 2022  |  Monday
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.  |  Location: online webinar
Cost: Free  | Registration:
Description: This session will begin with a quick recap of the characteristics of an LLC business but will mainly focus on Laura Resnick of Butterbee Farms, LLC who will discuss their business journey establishing an LLC, including why they chose an LLC structure, biggest challenges, and lessons learned.

Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

No one needs to tell you as a farmer or agriculturalist that your job is often faced with numerous challenges. Don’t let understanding agricultural and environmental laws be one of them! Whether you are concerned about the upcoming Farm Bill, want to learn more about Heirs Property and how that impacts socially disadvantaged farms, or have questions about food waste options - the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) is here to provide you with the information you seek on current agricultural law concerns. We are pleased to invite all agricultural service providers, attorneys, educators, environmentalists, producers, policymakers, and students to our 2022 Annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference both virtually and in person. The conference will be held on October 28th from 8 AM-3 PM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis, MD.

The ALEI conference is an opportunity for networking, educational growth, and innovative solutions to the intricacies between environmental law and agriculture. Sessions planned for the 2022 conference include the following:

  • Debate on the Farm Bill
  • Agricultural and environmental law developments
  • Maryland food waste diversion programs
  • State policy impacting environmental justice and sustainable communities
  • Heirs’ property
  • Hemp industry in MD

The conference will be held on Friday, October 28th, with registration starting at 7:30 AM. In-person tickets will be $50/person with meals provided; livestream tickets will be $40/person. Livestream attendees will be required to register prior to the event in order to receive the link needed to log in. Regardless of how you plan to attend, the ALEI conference is a great investment to learn more about current issues impacting agriculture and the future of your farm or agricultural business. We look forward to having everyone join us on October 28th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.


7:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:20 a.m. Welcome remarks
8:30 a.m. Heir Property
9:15 a.m. Hemp
10:00 a.m. Break & Networking
10:15 a.m. EJ. Panel
11:00 a.m. Developing Topics
11:45 a.m. Pre-lunch remarks
11:55 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Farm Bill Panel
1:50 p.m. Break & Networking
2:05 p.m. Food Waste Diversion Panel
2:50 p.m. Closing Remarks

Be sure to keep an eye out for schedule details and announcements on our website at

For more information about the conference


Solar on the Farm Webinar
August 16, 2022  | Tuesday
Time: 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m   |  Location: Online webinar (via Zoom)
Cost: Free (registration is required)
Contact: Drew Schiavone at, or by calling 301-432-2767 x342
Description: Are you interested in using solar to power your farm or business? Maybe you’re interested in leasing your land for solar development? Or perhaps, you’d like to learn more about how solar works and what opportunities are available with solar energy. University of Maryland (UMD) Extension Specialists and industry representatives will discuss opportunities for farms and businesses with an interest in solar electricity. Attendees will learn about the opportunities, challenges, and practical applications of solar energy in Maryland. The webinar will cover important topics to help you decide if solar is right for you, and how you can install a solar electric system that will meet your needs. Topics will include:

  • How solar energy works and what role it plays
  • How a solar project impacts you as a landowner
  • How to finance and facilitate a solar project

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