Agritourism involves people visiting an agricultural operation for recreational purposes. Learn about the different opportunities available to Maryland farmers and legal issues that should be considered when starting an agritourism business.
Agricultural liability is the responsibility Maryland farmers have under the law. These readings discuss a range of laws including, fencing, livestock, and the right to farm.
- Farmer’s Market Vendor Agreement Legal Guide by Sarah Everhart. UME EM-5, March 2019.
Understanding Agricultural Liability: Maryland’s Right-to-Farm Law Can Limit Liability for Maryland Farm, Commercial Fishing, and Seafood Operators by Paul Goeringer and Dr. Lori Lynch, Department of Ag and Res. Econ. UME FS-973, Updated September 2017.
Farmer-saved Seed: What is Legal? What is Not? by Dale Morris (MDA), Dr. Robert Kratochvil, and Paul Goeringer, FS-1064, June 2017
Current Legal Rules Benefit Spray Applicators When It Comes to Pesticide Drift by Paul Goeringer. UME FS-1050, September 2016.
Understanding Agricultural Liability: Premise’s Liability by Paul Goeringer. UME FS-1001, December 2015.
Understanding Agricultural Liability: Legal Risk Management Considerations by Paul Goeringer. UME FS-995, May 2015.
Legal Liability of Saving Seeds in an Era of Expiring Patents by Paul Goeringer. UME FS-1000, March 2015.
Using a Business Organization Structure to Limit Your Farm’s Liability by Ashley Newhall and Paul Goeringer. UME EB-422, March 2015.
Understanding Agricultural Liability: Livestock and Other Farm Animals by Paul Goeringer. UME FS-990, November 2014.
Understanding Agricultural Liability: Maryland’s Right-to-Farm Law by Paul Goeringer and Lori Lynch, July 2013.
Understanding Agricultural Liability: Maryland Fencing Law by Paul Goeringer. UME EB-419, October 2014.
- Landowner Liability and Recreational Access by Jonathan S. Kays. UME EB – 357, June 2008
- What Farmers Need to Know about the Worker Protection Standard by Neith Little and Sarah Everhart, FS-1090, June 2019.
Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Alternative Dispute Resolution ( ADR) refers to methods for settling disputes outside of the courtroom. ADR can include negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is an agreement between a member of the community and a farmer to receive or give portions of a harvest. Information provided includes risk management, how to create a contract, and important aspects of the agreement.
Read More about CSA here.
Debt can be a positive thing but can become an issue at some point. Publications here will cover issues associated with debt and bankruptcy.
Environment and Natural Resources:
Since farmers’ livelihoods are tied to the land and other natural resources, the laws designed to protect the environment can have ramifications for farm businesses.
- Model Water Quality Trading Agreement, by Sarah Everhart, Harry Huntley, and Elizabeth Johnson, FS-1150, November 2020.
- Reporting Continuous Release Emissions by Paul Goeringer, Jon Moyle, Jennifer Rhodes, and Kelly Nuckolls Winslow. Department of Ag and Res. Econ. February 2018.
Agricultural Water Law in Maryland: The Water Appropriation Application Process and Use in a Time of Drought by Ashley Ellixson and Sarah Everhart. August 2016.
- When Can the Government Enter Your Farm by Sarah Everhart, February 2015.
State Review of Environmental Impacts Could Result in Mineral Leasing Opportunities in Maryland by Paul Goeringer and Lori Lynch. Department of Ag and Res. Econ.UME EB-418, May 2014.
For more publications on this subject, please visit our Environment page.
Farm data has been a contentious point of debate with respect to ownership rights and impacts when access rights are misappropriated. One of the leading questions farmers ask deals with the protections provided to farm data. These readings cover variety of issues as it relates to the legal issues of farm data.
Farm labor includes fulltime and seasonal workers, and interns. Information provided discusses the laws and regulations associated with these employees.
Farm leasing information about leasing protocol in Maryland and the documents necessary.
ALEI provides education and resources to Maryland farmers on food safety liability, Maryland Good Agricultural and Handling Practices, Produce Recalls, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
For more resources on this subject, please visit our Food Safety page.
Farm Succession Planning:
Farm Succession planning refers to how a farm owner can transfer assets and responsibilities in different situations, including the death of relatives, changes in family structure, or handing off the farm to a new generation. Topics include estate planning and succession planning and the legal requirements in different planning situations.
Estate and Succession Planning for Delaware Farm Families by Kelly Nuckolls Winslow. Feb. 2018.
Finding An Attorney for Your Case Requires Asking the Right Questions by Paul Goeringer. UME FS-1097, Sept. 2019.
- It’s your Legacy: A Maryland landowner’s guide to conservation-based estate planning by Paul Catanzaro and Wendy Sweetser Ferris. 2018.
Property Ownership and Transferring Are Important Features of Your Farm Succession Plan by Paul Goeringer. UME FS-1056, Feb. 2017.
Choosing Your Will and Estate Planning Attorney by Maria Pippidis, Megan O’Neil-Haight, and Crystal Terhune. UME FS-925.
Conservation Easements: A Useful Tool for Farm Transition and Estate Planning by Dr. Lori Lynch and Paul Goeringer. Department of Ag and Res. Econ. UME FS-974, September 2016
Protecting the Family Farm in Divorce by Sarah Everhart. June 2016.
Estate Planning For Maryland Farm Families by Dr. Lori Lynch, Paul Goeringer, and Dr. Wesley Musser. Department of Ag and Res. Econ. UME FS-972, April 2014.
Estate Planning: Goals, Net Worth, and Final Instructions by Patricia Tengel. UME FS-414, 1996.
Legal Needs and Resources:
Legal needs and resources include readings about the needs of the Maryland Agriculture Community and a directory of legal services.
Neighbor relations includes information about how both farmers and neighbors can communicate with each other.
Zoning and Planning:
Zoning and planning is something many in the state need to be aware of when considering new uses on a property. These readings will cover potential zoning and planning issues.