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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.

  • New 2019 H-2A Hourly Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) Take Effect Tomorrow

    This article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. With all eyes on the Farm Bill and the government shut down, you may have missed that on December 26, 2018, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of […]

  • Seek Help to Weather Tough Times on the Farm

    This time of year many farmers are in the process of assessing farm financials.  If your farm, like many in the region, is facing tough economic times don’t ignore the problem or attempt to “go it alone” and make hasty decisions.  It may seem odd, when money is […]

  • Labeling The Lactating Almond

    The labeling of plant-based “milks” is a hotly debated topic among producers, regulators and consumers. The issue hits very close to the dairy sector, many of whom cite the proliferation of plant-based “dairy” products as one of the reasons for the sector’s […]

  • A Word of Warning on Saved Seeds

    See here for the site’s reposting policy. I recently wrote a column for Progressive Forage discussing saved seed laws and how these laws can impact seed selection in forage operations.  The column highlights patent law and the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) and […]

  • Good News for Specialty Crop Growers: USDA’s Harmonized GAP Plus+ Now Fulfills Technical...

    This article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. This summer brought some good news for specialty crop growers in terms of streamlining produce safety regulatory requirements for farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) […]

  • Cell-Cultured Meat- Now What?

    The article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. On October 23rd and 24th, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a joint meeting to discuss the regulation and food […]

  • State’s Public Utility Law Preempted Local Zoning and Planning Requirements for Siting a Solar...

    The article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy.             Where to site a solar energy facility properly remains an ongoing struggle in Maryland.  Many have concerns these […]

  • Long-Term Leases Provide a Valuable Succession Planning Tool as Recent Court Case Highlights

    The article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy.             Developing a farm succession plan which allows the next generation to take over the farm and provides for non-farm heirs is […]

  • Workshops on How to Draft Your Farm Lease to Incorporate Conservation

    Agricultural service providers, farmers, and landowners interested in learning about agricultural conservation leasing are invited to a series of free workshops being held across the state in December and January.      &nbs […]

  • Recent FDA Guidance on FSMA Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls Rule

    This article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. If you’ve been following this blog for news about updates about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), then yout know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been […]

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