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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Choosing Your Will and Estate Planning Attorney by Maria Pippidis, Megan O’Neil-Haight, and Crystal Terhune. FS-925.
Estate Planning: Goals, Net Worth, and Final Instructions by Patricia Tengel. FS-414, 1996.
Estate Planning: Owning and Transferring Property by Patricia Tengel. FS-410, 1997.
Conservation Easements: A Useful Tool for Farm Transition and Estate Planning by Dr. Lori Lynch and Paul Goeringer. FS-974, September 2016
Estate Planning For Maryland Farm Families by Dr. Lori Lynch, Paul Goeringer, and Dr. Wesley Musser. FS-972, April 2014.
Protecting the Family Farm in Divorce by Sarah Everhart. June 2016.
- Farm Transition and Estate Planning Webinars:
- What is Estate Planning? – February 26, 2013
- Major Tax Considerations when Transferring Assets – February 26, 2013
- Estate Planning Tools – March 12, 2013
- Succession Planning – March 12, 2013
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.
Legal Needs and Resources:
Legal needs and resources includes 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.
Privacy issues includes information about when the government may enter a farm and how drones may be used in monitoring a farm.