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Updated: December 2, 2021

Integrated Program Meetings

A list of meetings/events for the integrated program.
Agriculture Law Conference 2019
Updated: November 15, 2021

Farmland Transition

Depending on your source, it is estimated 40% to 70% of family farms will transition over the next 15 years, and 80% of the rented farmland in our country could be owned and controlled by those who didn't grow up on the farm or operate it themselves. While there are many causes for concern in these statements, you should be asking yourself if you have done all I can to ensure your farm business survives. In some cases, it will not because you have no successor within your family and you have chosen not to seek one from outside.
farm scene
Updated: November 3, 2021

Commercial Poultry News-January 2021

Commercial Poultry Newsletter - Jan. 2021: Farm Manager is Not a Joint Employee of Poultry Farm; Extension Resources; DCA's New App 'Littr.' to Connect Litter Customers/Suppliers; CAFO Update; 7 Fundamentals for Antibiotic-Free Poultry Growing
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Updated: October 14, 2021

Maryland Cash Rental Rates

Cash rent lease agreements are the most popular type of lease agreement in Maryland. Cash rent is a fixed amount on a per-acre basis. In this agreement, the owner is relieved of operating and marketing decisions, and income is known year to year. The tenant has the risk and returns from the crop and can make crop and livestock decisions.
Combine harvesting corn
Updated: August 11, 2021

Women In Agriculture Webinar Series on Risk Management: Legal

This webpage is the legal archives of the Women In Agriculture webinars.
Updated: August 4, 2021

Aquaculture Policy

A brief history and overview of aquaculture industry, political changes, as well as the problems and potential solutions for aquaculture farmers.
Don Webster presenting at ALEI Conference
Updated: July 19, 2021

Commercial Poultry News-July 2021

Commercial Poultry News July Issue 2021. Newsletter Topics: State Court Declines to Use Public Trust Doctrine in Lawsuit Over Water Quality, Prepare for Natural Disaster on Commercial Farms, Celebrating Outstanding Growers on Delmarva At the DCA BBQ, Vegetative Environmental Buffers, and coming events.
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Updated: June 4, 2021

Agritourism Operations and Liability Concerns this Fall Season

With so many concerns for the Fall agritourism season, here is an informative podcast that helps outline how to mediate some of the risks of hosting events this Fall season. While Marylanders must follow Governor Hogan’s mandates about group gatherings, staying informed about how vendors in other states are addressing Covid-19 protocols for group gatherings can help make more informed decisions as the Fall season approaches.
Mastering Marketing - July 2020
Updated: May 13, 2021

Adoption of Household Stormwater Best Management Practices

This report summarizes the findings of a household survey conducted by the University of Maryland (UMD) regarding the adoption of stormwater best management practices (BMPs), including rain gardens, rain barrels, low fertilizer lawn care, and conservation landscaping.
Updated: March 17, 2021

Chapter 4: Managing legal risks to grow your urban farm

Chapter 4: Managing legal risks to grow your urban farm is part of the online publication "From Surviving to Thriving: Strategies for Urban Farm Success. Legal risk is associated with many of the day-to-day activities of all types of farms. For example, there are legal ramifications for not repaying an operating loan or failing to use appropriate safety precautions when using pesticides. Marketing agricultural products involves contractual commitments, and human issues associated with agriculture also have legal implications, ranging from employer/employee rules and regulations to inheritance laws. Urban farms can be presented with additional legal challenges because they exist in densely populated areas surrounded by private and commercial neighbors unlikely to be familiar with (or possibly simply intolerant of) the sights, sounds, smells and activities of farming, and because they are typically located in areas that were specifically not set up to support agricultural activities.
Puzzle pieces laying over a city building.