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September 2021

Date September 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

USDA Heirs Property Relending Program

The one-hour session aims to inform participants about how the program can assist borrowers seeking to secure title to property that’s owned by multiple family members, whether those family members are known or unknown. A representative from the Farm Service Agency in Annapolis, Maryland, will provide information about the program for lenders and borrowers, and Jesse Hammock, a partner with Parker Counts Law Firm in Easton and Cambridge, Maryland will provide information about what to expect and how to navigate…

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November 2021

Date November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 1:55 pm

Environmental Enforcement Actions and New Tools in the Litigation Toolbox

This panel will look through the agriculture lens at two bills that passed in the last General Assembly.  The Citizen Intervention Bill (HB76/SB334) expands the scope of who has standing to intervene in civil actions brought by the State in state court regarding enforcement of water pollution control or any related discharge permit, effluent limitation, or order issued by Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).  The Environmental Enforcement Reporting Act (HB204/SB324) requires MDE to keep — and make accessible to…

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Date November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm

Using Legal Education to Increase Equitable Participation in NRCS Conservation Programs

This panel will discuss NRCS programs, including common legal considerations when entering NRCS program contracts and benefits of participation, and highlight the UME Cultivating Conservation Project, which will create resources for farmers navigating the application and administration processes. Presenters:  Dr. Sarah Hirsh, Ag Agent, University of Maryland Extension – Lower Eastern Shore Bianca Soto-Gomez, District Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service Sarah Everhart, Senior Research Associate and Legal Specialist, Agriculture Law Education Initiative

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Date November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 3:55 pm

Legislative Strategies for Reaching Ag Sector 2025 Chesapeake Bay Clean-up Goals

This panel will focus on the statutory tools created in the 2020 Maryland General Assembly to assist the agricultural sector in reaching the 2025 Chesapeake Bay Clean-up goals. The experts will discuss the increase in funding available via the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program, the Clean Water Commerce Act, and more.  Presenters:  Jason Keppler, Watershed Implementation Program Manager, Acting Conservation Grants Program Manager, Maryland Department of Agriculture  Mark Hoffman, Maryland Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission.   

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Date November 18 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am

Developing Issues in Agricultural and Environmental Law

Paul will highlight this year’s developing legal issues in agricultural, environmental, and food law from courtroom decisions, law, and policy and will let attendees know what issues to watch in 202. Presenter:  Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist    

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Date November 18 @ 10:00 am - 10:55 am

Growing Carbon Credits: Should Maryland Farmers Open a Carbon Banking Account?

Carbon credits are a growing interest in the agricultural community not only by producers but by landowners.  This session will highlight the latest that is being considered on Capitol Hill along with what Marylanders need to take into account currently in the market. Presenters:  Dr. Shannon Ferrell, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University.

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Date November 18 @ 11:00 am - 11:55 am

Strengthening Local Food Systems Through Law and Policy: the Role of Food Policy Councils and the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program

Recent Maryland legislation established a local food purchasing requirement – the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program – and the Maryland Food System Resiliency Council. Panelists will discuss what these programs are and how they aim to address supply chain and equity issues in Maryland’s food system. Presenters:  Del. Lorig Charkoudian, District 20, Montgomery County Karen Fedor, Certified Local Farm Program Director, Maryland Department of Agriculture Justin Hayes, Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Department of Agriculture  

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