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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.

  • Plan to Attend the Business & Legal Considerations for Your Farm Workshop on March 23rd

    This article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. A workshop for farmers with business and/or legal concerns is scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd, at 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, from 8 a.m. – 1:30 […]

  • How Do Service and Therapy Animals Fit into a "No Pets" Policy?

    At the Agriculture Law Education Initiative we often educate farmers whose farms are open to the public and the farm operators typically share a common concern, namely, what to do when a customer wants to bring an animal onsite, to assist with a disability or to provide emotional or […]

  • Federal Estate Tax and Gift Tax Limits Announced For 2019

    The article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy.             In November, the IRS announced the revised federal estate tax and gift tax limits for 2019.  The 2019 federal estate […]

  • Public Comment Period Opens on Revised “WOTUS” Definition

    This article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. On February 14, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) published a proposed rule revising the definition of “Waters […]

  • The National Bioengineered (GMO) Food Disclosure Standard

    On December 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service issued its final rule establishing the national bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard (Standard)- in other words the federal GMO labeling law. You may remember back in 2016, in an […]

  • 2018 Farm Bill Contains Provisions to Make Industrial Hemp Production More Common, But USDA Must...

    The article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy.             Farmers across the country are looking to begin producing hemp.  The 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to develop hemp […]

  • The Market Facilitation Program (Trade Mitigation) and the Government Shutdown

    One of the potential benefits to farmers from the federal government shutdown is the extended period of time eligible farmers have been given to apply for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The original deadline for signing up for the MFP was January 15, 2019 but the deadline has now been […]

  • 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 […]

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