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Weekly Roundup August 4th

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

By Sarah Fielder

Photo by Edwin Remsberg. The photo shows blackberries growing on a branch.

Court of Appeals Allows Finalists to Intervene The Maryland Court of Appeals has allowed finalists for the medical marijuana license to intervene in an ongoing lawsuit in Baltimore County challenging the final licenses granted by the state. The licensing process has been plagued with issues and legislators are calling for reform. To read more, click here

Senator Introduce Bill to Ban Chlorpyrifos Senator Udall from New Mexico, co-sponsors from California, Maryland, Massachusets, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York, has introduced legislation that would require EPA to ban chlorpyrifos. There was a petition to ban chlorpyrifos pending before EPA when the Trump administration took over. The Trump administration has denied that petition. To learn more about the legislation and the petition denial, see

An Overview of Deducting Farm Expenses The Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University released an overview on deducting farm expenses. This overview walks through the key deductions used by many producers, check out the overview here

Maryland Crop Insurance Workshop is Sept. 12 Register today for the upcoming Maryland Crop Insurance Workshop on Sept. 12 at the Bowie Comfort Inn and Conference Center. This year’s workshop will highlight the upcoming farm bill debate, proposed dairy insurance programs and much more. To get details and register for the workshop, click here

New Publication Highlighting Mediation Now Available Mediation is an option to helping you resolve ongoing disputes and other conflicts that could arise. In Maryland, agricultural producers have the option of utilizing the Agricultural Conflict Resolution Service (ACReS) through MDA which is a USDA-approved mediation program. Mason Grahame and Paul Goeringer have recently finalized a publication highlighting mediation and situations it could be used in. This publication was made possible through funds from Maryland Department of Agriculture and USDA’s Farm Service Agency. To read the publication, click here

Conservation Compliance Incentives In Crop Insurance Improve the Environment USDA’s Economic Research Service recently released a report highlighting that conservation compliance has helped to improve the environmental quality. The studies by ERS found that the crop insurance subsidy is a strong benefit compared to the sanction of losing the crop insurance subsidy for failure to comply with conservation compliance. To read more about the report, click here

Who Owns American Farmland New Food Economy looks at the issue of farmland being bought by investors and why this new trend has been growing recently. To read the article, click here

Understanding Hunting Liability and Resources Webinar: On August 17th ALEI will be hosting a webinar on hunting liability. With hunting season around the corner many landowners may be preparing to allow friends and family to hunt or charging third parties to hunt. However, before letting others hunt on your land it is important to fully understand hunting liability and what steps to take to reduce exposure to liability. The webinar will feature recent changes to Maryland law pertaining to landowner liability for hunting. To register please visit:

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