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Agriculture Law

2015 Annual Meeting Section Program

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 8:00 am - 10:30 am

AGRICULTURE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: WORKING WITH AG CLIENTS TO DIVERSIFY THEIR OPERATIONS
"Agritourism" is a growing trend on Maryland farms, including such diversified activities as breweries, cideries, corn mazes, and discovery centers. Some of these avenues allow visitors the opportunity to experience an authentic (and fun) farm experience; others educate the public on agriculture's impact on the Maryland economy. Other opportunities into more non-traditional markets, such as aquaculture, also can create a new revenue stream for the producer. Yet, diversification comes with a myriad of issues and problems to address: increased liability exposure, additional regulatory compliance (e.g. Health & Mental Hygiene Dept), as well as zoning requirements. The panel will discuss working with clients looking to diversify their operations and how attorneys can serve this emerging class of clientele.

Speakers: Sean Morris, The Morris Law Firm LLC; Kathleen Tabor, Esq., Law Offices of Kathleen JP Tabor, LLC; Patrick McMillan, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, Maryland Department of Agriculture; and A.L. Parlow, Esq., MSt A.L. Parlow and Associates, LLC.

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2014/2015 ANNUAL REPORT:

This Section, created in 2014 to serve as a supportive assembly of legal professionals to those involved in agricultural affairs as well as monitor relevant developments in other substantive areas of law as pertaining to agriculture, presented five webinars over the summer and published a Legal Services Directory, which was widely distributed through the Maryland Department of Agriculture, extension services, special events, and practitioners. Its Council met quarterly, and membership doubled in the first six months. The Section actively helped plan and participate in the American Agricultural Law Association’s first regional conference, held in Baltimore. Its educational outreach activities included participation in the University of Maryland’s “Agriculture Day”, the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s “Horse Forum”, the Maryland Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting, and it will present a program on “Agriculture in the 21st Century: Working with Ag Clients to Diversify Their Operations” at the MSBA Annual Meeting