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COVID, Dams, Chesepeake Bay at Virtual Ag Law Event
New York Ag Connection - 10/22/2020

The sixth annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference presents a unique, flexible, and free educational opportunity for the agricultural, environmental and legal communities this year.

Despite ongoing uncertainty related to the global pandemic, the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) remains dedicated to its mission of providing legal education to Maryland's farm families. This year, the multi-institutional University of Maryland program is moving its annual conference online by hosting a three-week webinar series on Nov. 2, 9 and 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The hour-long Zoom sessions are free of charge. Nutrient Management Education Credits will be offered for selected sessions. For more information or to register, visit:

"We know, during this incredibly challenging time, there are many virtual meetings and events competing for the attention of our stakeholders," said Sarah Everhart, JD, ALEI legal specialist, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. "In an effort to differentiate our event, we have chosen a dynamic array of topics and speakers who will offer unique perspectives on the most important issues facing agricultural and environmental professionals this year."

The conference brings together a range of experts who will share ideas on current legal issues impacting environmental and farming communities. It's open to farmers, attorneys, environmental groups, regulators, educators, students, and anyone else interested in the region's environmental quality and agricultural viability.

Speakers will discuss pressing legal topics affecting farmers in the Delmarva region. COVID-19, and the pandemic's associated legal and management risks will be confronted head-on during the first panel, "Pivoting in a Pandemic: Risk Management During COVID-19 from the Perspective of Maryland's Dairy Farms." The agenda also includes a session on air quality monitoring of the Delmarva poultry industry, Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, and several more developing issues in environmental and agricultural law. The University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative invites you attend one or all of the carefully selected panel discussions created with today's farmers in mind.

Nov. 2

- 2 p.m.: Pivoting in a Pandemic: Risk Management During COVID-19 from the Perspective of Maryland's Dairy Farms.

- 3 p.m.: A Fresh Look at Clean Air: Maryland Ambient Air Quality Study Roundtable (Nutrient Management Credits Available).

Nov. 9

- 2 p.m.: The Conowingo Dam Settlement - Litigation, Opposition and Re-Licensing of the Dam.

- 3 p.m.: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, et. al. v. EPA -- A Case to Require a Watershed Wide Effort to Reach 2025 Bay Restoration Goals (Nutrient Management Credits Available).

Nov. 16

- 2 p.m.: Waters of the US: From Obama to Trump Understanding How the Rule Impacts Agriculture in the Mid-Atlantic.

- 3 p.m.: Developing Topics in Agricultural, Environmental, and Food Law (Nutrient Management Credits Available).

ALEI is a collaboration of the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB); the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Maryland (UMCP); and the School of Agriculture 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 UMB and UMCP. This partnership 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.

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