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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 […]
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 […]
The Securing Our Agriculture and Food Act: a Federal Bill to Help Keep the Nation's Food Supply Safe
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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