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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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2013/2014 ANNUAL REPORT:

This Committee serves as a supportive assembly of legal professionals to those involved in agricultural affairs. It monitors relevant developments in other substantive areas of the law as they pertain to agriculture, agribusiness, and aquaculture in Maryland and disseminates information on those developments.