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Workshops teach how to draft farm leases to include conservation

Farm equipment harvests corn in a field.
The University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative and the Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology will host a series of workshops this winter to address conservation practices on leased farmland.
Photo Credit: 
Edwin Remsberg

QUEENSTOWN — Agricultural service providers, farmers, and landowners interested in learning about incorporating conservation practices on agricultural leased land are invited to a series of free workshops being held across Maryland in December and January.

The workshop series is being hosted jointly by the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. The workshops are supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number ENE18-151.

When it comes to leased farmland, it can be challenging for parties to implement conservation practices. Common challenges to using conservation practices on leased land include insufficient communication between landowners and farmers, lack of knowledge of practices and funding opportunities and a lack of stability in the leasing relationship.

To address these issues, ALEI and the Hughes Center teamed up to create the Agricultural Conservation Leasing Guide, available for download on agresearch.umd.edu/agroecol and umaglaw.org. The Leasing Guide will be featured at the Agricultural Conservation Leasing Workshop series which will kick off with an informational webinar in November, followed by workshops in December and January.

The goal of the Agricultural Conservation Leasing Workshop Series is to equip agricultural service providers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to educate farmers and landowners on overcoming the challenges of using conservation practices on leased land.

“The Agricultural Conservation Leasing Guide is a timely and valuable tool to help farmers and landowners overcome barriers in implementing conservation practices to expand the good work that farmers have done to support cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay,” Hughes Center Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Dorsey said.

The Agricultural Conservation Leasing Workshop series is not only a useful training experience for agricultural service providers but will be very valuable for farmers and landowners who are interested in installing conservation practices on leased farmland. Nutrient Management Credits are available for attendees.

Workshop dates and information are as follows. Visit agresearch.umd.edu/agroecol for further information or follow the links listed below to registration pages. All workshops are free to attend and lunch will be provided to participants at no cost. For questions or more information, contact Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology Assistant Director Nancy Nunn (nnunn@umd.edu) or Communications Coordinator Josh Bollinger (joshboll@umd.edu) at 410-827-8056.

Informational Webinar – November 15, 2018

Noon to 2 p.m.
To join meeting, visit: https://go.umd.edu/conservationleasing

Lower Shore Workshop - December 10, 2018

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore, Salisbury MD  21804
Registration Information: https://go.umd.edu/conservationleasingls

 

Mid-Shore Workshop - January 8, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chesapeake College, Wye Mills MD  21679
Registration Information: https://go.umd.edu/conservationleasingms

 

Southern Maryland Workshop - January 17, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Charles County Soil Conservation District, Waldorf MD  20601
Registration Information: https://go.umd.edu/conservationleasingsmd

 

Western Maryland Workshop - January 23, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Frederick County Extension Office, Frederick MD  21702
Registration Information: https://go.umd.edu/conservationleasingwmd

 

Central Maryland Workshop - January 28, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Baltimore County AG Center, Cockeysville MD  21030
Registration Information: https://go.umd.edu/conservationleasingcmd

 

ALEI is a collaboration of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (“UMB”); the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park (“UMCP”); and the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (“UMES”). ALEI is an initiative of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State, a collaboration between the state of Maryland’s two most powerful public research institutions: UMB and UMCP. It leverages the sizable strengths and complementary missions of both institutions to strengthen Maryland’s innovation economy, advance interdisciplinary research, create opportunities for students, and solve important problems for the people of Maryland and the nation.

Founded in 1999, the Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology is a nonprofit affiliated with the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It provides leadership to promote environmentally sound and economically viable agriculture and forestry as Maryland’s preferred land use through research, outreach and collaboration.

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