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.
Preparing Early Can Potentially Ensure You Get Paid For Services
The article is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. All of us like to get paid once we have provided a service. I appreciate when UMD pays me every two weeks for the work produced during that period. Many producers […]
The Securing Our Agriculture and Food Act: a Federal Bill to Help Keep the Nation's Food...
The Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (the “Act”) is a House bill which has passed the Senate and is headed back to the House for small amendments before going to President Trump for his signature. The Act aims to prepare the federal government for dealing with a terrorist attack on […]
Court of Appeals Rules That FAA Overstepped Authority When Requiring Hobby Operators to Register...
This post is not legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. I like to talk, talk, and write about drones/UAVs and today is no exception. Recently, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) registration […]
Patent and Other Limitations on Using Saved Seeds Still Apply to Cover Crops
This post is not legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. Next month, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will open enrollment in the cover crop program. Based on MDA’s recently released numbers, many of you will decide to enroll in the […]
New Law Reduces Liability Exposure for Landowners with Hunting Leases
At ALEI, we often hear concerns about liability from folks in the agriculture community who lease or allow their property to be used for hunting. In recognition of these concerns, the Maryland General Assembly recently passed a law expanding when certain liability protection provisions […]
Dairy Able to Build Barns, But What About Using Property For A Dairy?
This post is not legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. As you might have noticed, I like to highlight recent court decisions showing how courts handle ag law issues. In a recent Wisconsin decision, the court held that a dairy LLC did not have a […]
Maryland's New Antibiotics in Livestock Law: What Does it Mean for Your Farm?
During the recent Maryland General Assembly session, the “Keeping Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017” (the Antibiotics Act) was passed into law. The controversial Act was amended substantially before its passage. Proponents of the Antibiotics Act want the use of antibiotics in cattle, […]
Court of Appeals Rules Against Animal Ag Reporting Exemption in Two Environmental Laws
This is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. The smells of livestock are common if you live on or next to a farm. If livestock numbers reach certain sizes, two federal environmental laws, the Comprehensive Environmental […]
A Bee on the Endangered Species List? Yes!
Back in February I wrote a post about the rusty patch bumble bee’s placement on the Endangered Species List. The bee was listed on January 11, 2017, and the listing would have been effective 30 days later, but given the change in presidential administration, the effective date of the […]
One Old Mare Not Enough to Create Ag Lease, Says One State Court
This post is not legal advice. See the site’s reposting policy here. As we draw closer to summer, I will start reminding you that it’s the time to consider terminating a farmland lease to comply with state law. In Maryland, farmland leases require six months’ […]
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