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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.

  • It is Time to Sign Up for the 2020-2021 MDA Cover Crop Program

    This is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. The Cover Crop Progam is the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s largest and most popular cost-share program. During the 2017-2018 planting season, Maryland farmers planted 395,862 acres of […]

  • Maryland Department of Agriculture Guides For Protecting Farm Workers

    This article is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. As Maryland continues reopening following weeks of stay-at-home restrictions, and farms begin welcoming their summer farm workers, Maryland’s Department of Agriculture (MDA) has developed […]

  • Consider Using a Flex Cash Lease for 2021, or a Modified Fixed Cash Lease

    This is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. As we move through 2020 and a potentially lower period of crop prices due to issues associated with the global pandemic, many of you might be looking at renewing existing agricultural leases. While you […]

  • Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

    This is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. In early April I posted about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP, a forgiveable loan program meant to provide financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, was part of the […]

  • Employer Liability in the Time of COVID

    This article is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. As we are all too well aware, there are myriad sources of exposure to COVID-19. The workplace is one. Farms, as essential businesses, have continued to operate throughout the pandemic, and farm […]

  • Maryland Appellate Court Finds Party on Landowner’s Property Not Covered by Recreational Use...

    This is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. All 50 states have some version of a recreational use statute encouraging private landowners to open up private lands to recreational users. The laws often do this by reducing the liability that a […]

  • Need Help Applying Preventative Food Safety Practices?

    The Maryland Food Safety Network is hosting a monthly webinar series for farm operators on how to comply with key provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule (PSR). This series, titled “Food Safety Fridays- a ‘How-to’ Webinar Series” will […]

  • Produce Food Safety & COVID-19

    The article is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. We all need some good news these days, right? So let’s start with the good news. The good news is that according to FDA, there is currently no evidence of food or food packaging being […]

  • MAY 4, 2020 UPDATE: SBA has opened the EIDL application web portal for farmers and ranchers

    This article is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. On Friday, President Trump signed the new COVID-19 relief bill, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, 116 Pub Law 139 (April 24, 2020) (“Enhancement Act”). In […]

  • Federal District Court Dismisses Claims That USDA Agency Violated Federal Law in Granting a Loan...

    The article is not a substitute for legal advice. See here for the site’s reposting policy. In 2017, Food and Water Watch (FWW) challenged the approval of a loan guarantee by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). FWW argued that FSA had violated the National Environmental Policy Act […]

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