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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.

  • EPA Seeks Public Comments for Hemp Pesticide Applications

    This article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it is taking public comments on 10 applications it received seeking to add new hemp uses to pesticide products already […]

  • EPA Decides Not to Ban Chlorpyrifos- Now What?

    Panelists at the 2018 Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference discussing chlorpyrifos and the legal landscape of pesticide regulation. Photo Credit Edwin Remberg. On July 24, 2019 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

  • A Change In Tax Law For Out-Of-State Online Sellers

    This article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. Last June, in an historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state can compel “remote sellers,” (out-of-state internet, mail-order, phone-order, etc. sellers) to […]

  • Clearer Skies over Maryland’s Solar Panel Siting Approval Process: Court of Appeals Issues...

    On July 15, the Maryland Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court) issued a decision in Board of County Commissioners of Washington County, Maryland v. Perennial Solar, LLC and provided clarity on the role of a local planning and zoning body in the approval process for the siting of […]

  • Maryland Court of Special Appeals Overturns Lower Court, Finding Pesticide Ordinance Is Not...

    This is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy.             In 2015, the Montgomery County Council passed a bill prohibiting the use of certain pesticides on private and county-owned […]

  • As the Lease Termination Date Approaches Farm Landowners Have Options

    As summer rolls in, the time comes for farm landowners to decide if they will renew or terminate their leases. In Maryland, farm leases require notice from the party seeking to terminate at least six months prior to the end of the lease term – even in oral or “handshake” […]

  • 2019 Brings Potential Changes to Hemp Production in Maryland

    The article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy.             As I have discussed earlier, the 2018 Farm Bill makes significant changes to the classification of hemp and allows states […]

  • Do You Have Employees, Volunteers Or Interns Working On Your Farm?

    This article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. Understanding whether you have employees, volunteers, contractors, interns or apprentices working on your farm is vital to managing your farm’s risk.  Farmers that mistakenly […]

  • New System for Maryland's Farmers to Map Sensitive/Organic Crops and APIARIES

    Image of screenshot of DriftWatch map of Maryland indicating the location of specialty crops. The article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy.Anyone who applies pesticides, grows […]

  • Have Dicamba Drift Damage? Here’s What You Can Do

    The article is not a substitute for legal advice.  See here for the site’s reposting policy. A common topic I often am asked to address is potential liability from pesticide drift damage.  I recently contributed a column to the American Agriculturist addressing this issue and […]

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