By: Paul Goeringer
The Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) recently award $3,000 to Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist, to develop resources to assist Maryland producers in understanding the legal issues impacting their farms today. MSB administers soybean checkoff funds for soybean research, marketing, and education programs in the state.
With this grant, Goeringer plans to develop resources to explain potential legal issues involved in modern production agriculture to Maryland growers. “This funding is based on the growing need expressed by growers in the state to understand basic legal issues impacting their operations,” said Goeringer. “These issues can cover everything from animal welfare laws, trespass laws, and right-to-farm law developments.” Goeringer hopes to develop a concise fact sheet laying out a basic understanding of these legal issues and templates and model language for Maryland growers to adopt in their operations.
The tools and resources under this project will be rolled out in the Fall of 2020. and will be available on umaglaw.org and extension.umd.edu.