Landowner Oriented Agricultural Law Workshops Will Be Held Across Maryland


Image highlighting workshop dates and topics covered including image of farm by Edwin Remsberg.  Image developed by Meghana Kotraiah
Image highlighting workshop dates and topics covered including image of farm by Edwin Remsberg. Image developed by Meghana Kotraiah

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The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) will host two one-day workshops on Jan. 26th in Boonesboro and Jan. 31st at Chesapeake College. The So You Want to Own Farmland in Maryland workshops will be from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

The free program will cover those legal issues that Maryland landowners may face. A grant funds the program through the Northeast Risk Management Education Center.


The workshop will feature Paul Goeringer, a Senior Faculty Specialist and Extension Specialist in agricultural law. He will address leasing, landowner liability issues, right-to-farm law, fencing laws, livestock liability, and estate planning. The workshops will also involve research related to solar development by Elizabeth Thilmany, a Faculty Specialist in AREC.


“These workshops will be a great opportunity for landowners and other professionals in rural areas to learn about some of the basic legal issues that many deal with daily. They can understand their rights and responsibilities whether they are involved in agriculture or own land in a rural area,” said Goeringer.


Lunch is provided with the workshops. Each workshop will begin at 9 am with a check-in, and the workshops will run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The dates and locations are:

  • January 26, Washington County University of Maryland Extension Office, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713, and

  • January 31, Chesapeake College, 110 Higher Education Center, 1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD 21679.

Participants will receive copies of Extension fact sheets and other valuable documents as a part of the workshop series.


For more information or to register, go to https://agrisk.umd.edu/events. For more information, please get in touch with Paul Goeringer at lgoering@umd.edu.


This is material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2021‐70027‐34693.