COVID-19 Legal Resources Now Available!

The agricultural community has had to quickly adapt to the legal and other impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The ALEI team has been working to develop resources to help address some of these issues. Information about contracts, labor, insurance, and other information is now available on the ALEI website at This page will be updated regularly as more resources are created to address this evolving situation.

ALEI’s Margaret Todd Leads Relaunch of Food Safety Webpage

 By: Margaret Todd ALEI legal specialists partnered with Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Food Quality Assurance Program to update the University of Maryland Extension Food Safety webpage.  The joint effort, spearheaded by ALEI Research Assistant Margaret Todd, focused on addressing the need to make vital information regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations more readily available for Maryland producers. According to Deanna Baldwin, manager of the MDA Food Quality Assurance Program, “Food safety regulations […]

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Goeringer Awarded Project with Maryland Soybean Board

By: Paul Goeringer             The Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) recently award $3,000 to Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist, to develop resources to assist Maryland producers in understanding the legal issues impacting their farms today.  MSB administers soybean checkoff funds for soybean research, marketing, and education programs in the state.             With this grant, Goeringer plans to develop resources to explain potential legal issues involved in modern production agriculture to Maryland growers. “This funding is based […]

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Dr. Kris Johnson to Discuss Ecosystem Trading at Upcoming Conference – Register Today!

By: Kyla Kaplan Dr. Kris Johnson is an expert in the areas of agriculture, conservation biology, ecosystem services, freshwater, floodplains, and biodiversity. Focusing his career on ecosystem services and particularly their relationship to agriculture, Dr. Johnson has committed his career to be a leader in using science to bring conservation practices to the agriculture landscape.  The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has been active for almost 70 years and for many years was predominately a land trust. […]

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Sondra McLemore to Speak on Solar Energy Siting at Upcoming Conference – Register Today!

By: Kyla Kaplan Growing up on a farm in Latin America, Sondra McLemore has always been interested in energy, natural resources, and the environment. After receiving her graduate degrees, she became interested in energy law and has worked around the country in states such as Texas, Maryland, and Mississippi on various energy matters.  She is now the Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and the Power Plant Research Program (PPRP). McLemore has […]

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