The Maryland Risk Management Education Blog provides readers with information on legal and risk management issues important to Maryland agriculture, upcoming events, and new materials of interest. The blog is powered by the University of Maryland Department of Agricultural Resource Economics and University of Maryland’s Agriculture Law Education Initiative.
Montgomery County Circuit Court Rules That County Pesticide Ordinance Preempted By State Law
This is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. In 2015, the Montgomery County Council passed a bill prohibiting the use of certain pesticides on private and county-owned […]
New FDA Tools to Assist With FSMA Implementation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released two tools to help with the implementation of the Preventive Controls and Produce Safety Rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). &nbs […]
After Experiencing Drift Damage, What Should You Do?
This post is not legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. Damage caused by pesticide drift has been in the news a lot over the past couple of years. With Monsanto releasing new varieties […]
Changes to the 2017-2018 Cover Crop Program-Early Planting Incentives & More
Photo Credit Edwin Remsberg This is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy.Although the deadline to sign up for Maryland’s Cover Crop Program has passed, growers must now decide what […]
Arkansas Producers File Class Action Lawsuit Related to Dicamba Drift Damage
This is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. 2016 and 2017 have seen large numbers of complaints filed because of drift damage in the Midwest and South due to dicamba […]
Are you Using the New I-9 Form and Retaining the Forms Long Enough to Pass an Audit?
At ALEI we have previously posted about the importance of having I-9 forms for all farm employees. In brief, the 1-9 form verifies the identity of workers and, if properly completed, is the basis of an employer’s defense to a claim of knowingly employing an unauthorized […]
U.S. Tax Court Denies Farmers' 100% Charitable Deduction for Conservation Easement
The U.S. Tax Court’s decision of August 7, 2017, Rutkoske, et al. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 149 T.C. No. 6 (2017), is one that all farmers considering selling a conservation easement need to understand. &nbs […]
Utah’s Ag-Gag Law Violates First Amendment, But Producers Still Have Options
This is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. With Ashley gone, it is now my job to discuss ag-gag rulings as courts rule on the on-going challenges to these laws. […]
Insurance Coverage Considerations for Foodborne Illness Liability
Although no farmer likes to think about the worst-case scenario —the food you grew or produced making people ill—every farmer should consider whether he or she has adequate insurance coverage if a foodborne illness is found to be caused by the farm’s […]
Conservation Easement Considerations
At this year's Maryland State Bar Association Conference the Agriculture Law Section of the Bar co-hosted a panel discussion with the Environment and Energy Section pertaining to legal considerations for conservation easements. One of the panelists was Nancy Russell-Forrester, Esq. Nancy […]
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