Led by Professor Mike Pappas, the interdisciplinary University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative hosted its second annual Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference on November 18, 2016. Building on the popularity of the sold-out 2015 conference, this year’s conference increased its capacity and hosted an expanded range of policymakers, farmers, attorneys, and stakeholders from throughout Maryland.
The program addressed a variety of topics important to Maryland’s agricultural and environmental communities. One of the highlights of the day was the keynote panel featuring Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joseph Bartenfelder, Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles, and Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee. Additional presentations included a panel of experts discussing agritourism and zoning compliance, a panel examining Chesapeake Bay water quality initiatives, and a panel explaining the Food Safety Modernization Act’s new regulations for agricultural water. Panelists also reviewed the year’s hottest agriculture and environmental law topics, alternative energy possibilities on farms, and the latest nutrient management programs and initiatives.
The conference was a great success, and materials are available through ALEI’s website, umaglaw.org.