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
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.
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.