ALEI hosts an Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference each November. This event attracts agricultural professionals, attorneys, educators, environmentalists, farmers, policymakers, and students to discuss the complex intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland. ALEI prides itself on hosting an event that brings farming and conservation experts together in a forum that allows for an exchange of ideas and education for conference attendees on current legal topics of interest.
The 2020 Conference will be Delivered Online!
Due to ongoing uncertainty related to the global pandemic, ALEI is moving its annual conference online. We hope you will join us in this new endeavor!
The conference will be offered over the course of three weeks with six sessions as follows:
November 2, 2020
Pivoting in a Pandemic: Risk Management During COVID-19 from the Perspective of Maryland’s Dairy Farms
2 p.m – 2:50 p.m
Katie Dotter-Pyle, Co-Owner and Farmer, Cow Comfort Inn Dairy and Creamery
Lindsay Reames, Director of Sustainability and External Relations for Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association
Nicole Cook, Environmental and Agricultural Faculty Legal Specialist, Agriculture Law Education Initiative
Brooks Long, Co-Owner and Farmer, Deliteful Dairy
This panel will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on Maryland’s dairy industry and how dairy farmers managed the risks to their farms during the pandemic including what lessons they learned about navigating supply chain disruptions, loss of markets and changing markets, worker issues, insurance and disaster relief programs.
A Fresh Look at Clean Air: Maryland Ambient Air Quality Study Roundtable (Nutrient Management Credits Available)
3 p.m. – 3:50pm
Samantha Campbell, President, Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment
Margaret Todd, Research Assistant, Agriculture Law Education Initiative
Holly Porter, Executive Director, Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc
Suzanne Dorsey, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
An explanation of the motivation behind the ambient air project, updates on the data collection process, potential next steps of the project.
November 9, 2020
The Conowingo Dam Settlement- Litigation, Opposition and Re-Licensing
2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Charles “Chip” MacLeod, Clean Chesapeake Coalition
Jonathan May, Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Department of the Environment
Denise Keehner, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
This panel will focus on the Conowingo Dam settlement and specifically touch upon the litigation, settlement, opposition to the settlement and the status of the relicensing of the Dam.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, et. al. v. EPA- A Case to Require a Watershed Wide Effort to Reach 2025 Bay Restoration Goals (Nutrient Management Credits Available)
3 p.m. – 3:50pm
Jon Mueller, Vice-President of Litigation for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Robert Whitescarver, Farmer and former NRCS representative
This panel will focus on the lawsuit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and others, including Whitescarver, have filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its alleged failure to require Pennsylvania and New York to develop implementation plans that will achieve the 2025 Bay restoration goals.
November 16, 2020
Waters of the US: From Obama to Trump Understanding How the Rule Impacts Agriculture in the Mid-Atlantic (Nutrient Management Credits Available)
2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Deidre Duncan, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth
Don Parish, Senior Director of Regulatory Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation
Matt Pluta, Choptank Riverkeeper and Director of Riverkeeper Programs
This panel will highlight changes from the 2015 Waters of the US Rule to the changes made recently under the Trump administration.
Developing Topics in Agricultural, Environmental, and Food Law
3 p.m – 3:50 p.m.
Kelly Nuckolls, Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Paul Goeringer, Senior Faculty Specialist and Extension Legal Specialist, ALEI, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park
The panelists will highlight this year’s developing legal issues in agricultural, environmental, and food law from courtroom decisions, law, and policy and will let attendees know what issues to watch in 2021.
Registration is now open! This year’s conference is free of charge! Donations are highly appreciated! (donations are not tax-deductible)
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Thank You To Our 2020 Conference Sponsors
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