Happy Friday everyone! Hopefully everyone survived the 4th of July weekend with all his or her fingers and toes (apologies to those of you who lost them). This week we have news and new resources to announce.Read More
Howard Leathers and Paul Goeringer, both with the Maryland Crop Insurance Education Program, have recently completed two new short publications over the 2014 Farm Bill. The first publication provides estimates of 2014 crop year payments for the Agricultural Risk Coverage – County Option (ARC-Co). USDA recently released data that helps us in estimating potential ARC-CO payments. The publication provides an ARC estimate payment per county and for corn, wheat, soybeans, and barley for the 2014 crop year.Read More
Hogan Introduces Phosphorus Initiative. On February 23, 2015 Governor Hogan introduced his 2015 Phosphorus Initiative. The Phosphorus Initiative uses the November 2014 PMT proposal as a starting point and makes four changes to the regulations. The proposal shifts the seven-year implementation schedule to one year later, effective 2016, with full implementation in 2022. The Governor has also promised to evaluate key elements that need to be in place, including: markets to relocate additional amounts of manure; adequate infrastructure to handle and transport manure; and alternative uses and new technologies to begin to provide new outlets and markets for animal manures. Upon adoption of the regulations, fields with a soil Fertility Index Value(FIV) of 500 or greater will be banned from receiving additional phosphorus until the PMT is fully implemented, currently scheduled for 2022. The Phosphorus Initiative also includes more research into soil quality and on-farm economics. http://mda.maryland.gov/Pages/PMT.aspx
House Bill Seeks To Repeal Sales & Use Tax Exemption for Farmers. House Bill 928, introduced by Del. Jay Walker and scheduled for a hearing on March 3rd seeks to repeal the sales and use tax exemption that exists in current law for the purchase of inputs for farm operations. If passed the bill would require farmers to pay sales tax on items such as livestock, feed, seed, fuel, equipment, vehicles, etc. The current exemption is in place because farmers like other businesses that build or manufacture a product for consumer consumption, have always been exempt from taxation during the input and production process.
Farmers Rights Act. The Maryland General Assembly is currently considering legislation that could change livestock production contracts are developed in Maryland. We published a current review of the legislation http://www.aglaw.umd.edu/blog/lets-look-at-the-farmers-rights-act. Take a moment to review the law and determine how it could impact your operation if you are utilizing production contracts.
New ALEI Education Videos Now Available. The ALEI website (umaglaw.org) now has a videos page with some helpful legal education videos on topics such as leasing, contracting, regulations and Beware of Dog sign. Check out these valuable resources and keep an eye out for future videos.
Happy Friday everyone (or Saturday if you get this emailed to you the day after) and hopefully everyone has survived the snow and cold weather we have had this week. Below are some news updates you might want to keep on your radar.Read More
Two new publications have recently been completed as a part of the Maryland Crop Insurance Education Program. These publications represent a diverse set of risk management education topics. To see more of our crop insurance publications, click here.Read More
You may have noticed here lately we have announced a few new publications have been released. You maybe asking yourselves, “Paul, how do you write blog posts, present at meetings, and still have time to author publications?” The answer is simple; these have been working their way through the UME peer review process and were done months ago. We will not always be turning out publications at this level, so enjoy them while they are being released.Read More
There is an old adage on good fences and neighbors. This is especially true in agriculture. A good fence can keep livestock in the pasture, can keep livestock off your property, or can act as a barrier to potentially detour trespassers/unwanted visitors. But what exactly is the fencing laws in Maryland? Like many states in the East, Maryland does not have a specific state statute defining what a fence is and the duties for two neighboring landowners in erecting a fence. Instead, Maryland’s fencing law is based on county ordinances (where available) and previous court decisions.Read More