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ALEI hosts an  Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference each November.  The conference is for farmers, lawyers, and policymakers to discuss the complex intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland. ALEI prides itself on hosting an event that brings farming and conservation experts together in a forum that allows for an exchange of ideas and education for conference attendees on current legal topics of interest. Previous year’s conferences have featured topics such as agritourism, aquaculture leasing, anaerobic digesters,  alternative energy on the farm, developing topics in agricultural and the environment, and nutrient management.

2017 Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference materials

November 17, 2017

Developing Legal Issues in Agriculture and the Environment Prezi Presentation



2017 Conference Media

Keynote Panel: Conservation Programs and the 2018 Farm Bill

Presenters: Matt Teffeau, Director of Government Relations, Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA); Paul Wolfe, Senior Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Commission

Organic Farming – Challenges, Benefits, and Legal Issues

Presenters: Alison Howard, Co-Owner, Homestead; Kelley Poole, Vice President of Government Affairs, Organic Trade Association

Legal Resources for Improving Soil Health on Leased Land

Presenters: Sarah Everhart, Senior Legal Specialist, ALEI, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Dr. Terron Hillsman, State Conservationist, USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Nutrient Management and Preparing for an Update:

Presenter: Hans Schmidt, Assistant Secretary for Resource Conservation, MDA

Maryland’s Climate Change Program:

Presenter: Ben Grumbles, Secretary of the Environment, Maryland Department of the Environment

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