Organic Farming – Challenges, Benefits and Legal Battles 8:35am – 9:20am Presenters: Alison Howard, Homestead Farm; Kelley Poole, Vice President of Government Affairs, Organic Trade Association. It has been an eventful year in organic farming. Panelists will discuss challenges and benefits of organic farming and the recent litigation filed against USDA pertaining to organic livestock and poultry standards. Legal Resources for Improving Soil Health on Leased Land 9:20am – 10:00am Presenters: Sarah Everhart, Senior Legal Specialist […]
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By: Sarah Fielder Washington-based National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s (NSAC) Paul Wolfe will be one of the panelists at the annual Agriculture and Environmental Law conference, hosted by the Agriculture Law Education Initiative in Annapolis, Maryland on November 17. To register visit http://go.umd.edu/aleiconf. Wolfe will discuss NSAC’s work in the Chesapeake Bay region, including conservation stewardship programs, the agricultural conservation easement program, and the crop insurance and conservation programs. “We want to show how the […]
By: Sarah Fielder Hans Schmidt, the Assistant Secretary for Resource Conservation at the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), will speak about nutrient management at the upcoming Agriculture and Environmental Law conference. The conference will be held on Friday, November 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. To register visit http://go.umd.edu/aleiconf. “I never dreamt I would be in this job,” said Schmidt. “It was never on my radar, and […]
by Sarah Fielder Organic farmer Alison Howard will speak about organic farming at the annual Agriculture and Environmental Law conference held Friday, November 17, 2017. Howard’s farm is in Millington, Maryland where she and her husband, Luke, farm a total of 600 acres. Fifty acres are designated for growing vegetables, including cabbage, kale, watermelon and squash. The remaining 550 acres are used for growing grain varieties, including corn, wheat, barley, and soybeans. The farm also […]
By: Sarah Fielder Waterkeepers of Chesapeake Executive Director Betsy Nicholas will be one of the panelists at the annual Agriculture and Environmental Law conference on November 17, 2017. With a law degree and a passion for protecting waterways, Nicholas always knew she wanted to be involved in advocacy. After her father became sick and had complications acquiring effective antibiotics, Nicholas became one of the lead advocates for the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017. “My […]