Happy Friday Everyone. Here is the weekly update of news and events.Read More
Happy Friday! Here is our weekly update of news and upcoming events.Read More
Happy Friday (and happy April Fool's Day)! Here is our weekly round up of news and upcoming events. Check out the ALEI newsletter and be sure to sign up for our upcoming webinars. Read on for news on a new ALEI project, new zoning regs in Wicomico County, and updates on Supreme Court cases.Read More
This post should not be considered legal advice or a political statement for or against this proposed legislation
I hope, this year, to look at more proposed legislation currently pending before the General Assembly during the 2016 session. Recently introduced was SB 496, the Poultry Litter Management Act (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2016RS/bills/sb/sb0496f.pdf), which would change how poultry litter is handled in Maryland. SB 496 would require a poultry company, also known as the integrator, to take ownership of poultry litter in certain situations. The legislation would also make certain information available which currently is not publically available.Read More
Happy Friday, everyone. Here's our weekly round up of news and upcoming events.Read More
This post should not constitute legal advice or lobbying for or against this piece of legislation. The purpose of this post is to review the possible implications of proposed legislation.
Recently, the Maryland General Assembly’s House of Delegates and Senate both introduced legislation entitled Farmers’ Rights Act (HB 1019 & SB 532). If enacted,how would the legislation potentially impact Maryland agriculture? Let’s take a look at it today and see.
The Farmers’ Rights Act (the Act) would require the use of a regulated livestock production contract in agriculture. A livestock production contract, for those unfamiliar with the term, is when a producer agrees to feed and care for livestock owned by a contractor in return for money. The Act is similar to one enacted in Minnesota in 1999 and a proposed model law called the “Producer Protection Act” (PPA) which captured features of Minnesota’s law and other states’ laws regulating production contracts.Read More
We’ve decided not to do a short overview of the recently announced Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) regulations from the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). The feeling is another overview of the regulations would be redundant and fall on an audience who has heard enough about PMT. You’ve all heard how the regulations will potentially impact nutrient management plans for your farm. Plus it is diving into science, and we really are not scientists (though Paul does admit to dressing as a scientist for Halloween many years ago).Read More
Note: This blog does not substitute for legal advice.
The recent session of the Maryland General Assembly has come to a close and we will start to recap how some of the passed legislation will impact Maryland’s agricultural community. Our first look back is at the recoupling of the state’s estate tax with the federal estate tax over the next 5 years. Currently, Maryland’s estate tax exemption is set at $1 million for non-agricultural property and $5 million for agricultural property meeting certain criteria (See Estate Planning for Farm Families for a full description of the ag property exemption). In Maryland this means that the first $1 million in your estate passes tax free to your heirs and anything over the $1 million is taxed at 16 percent. Currently, the federal estate tax exemption is set at $5.34million and this exemption is pegged to inflation so it will increase each year depending on the rate of inflation. As you can see, the federal estate tax exemption is much higher and will gradually increase over time.Read More