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- Item2014 Farm Bill Makes Changes to the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program(2015-09) Goeringer, Paul; Leathers, HowardThe Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) was established in 1994 and administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). NAP is a risk management tool for those producers growing crops not currently covered by a crop insurance product. The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized NAP and made some dramatic changes to the program. NAP now offers coverage from the 50-percent level to the 65-percent level with producers able to buy-up coverage in 5-percent increments at up to 100 percent of the established market price. Prior to the 2014 Farm Bill, NAP had only allowed coverage at the 50-percent level and 55 percent of the established market price of the crop.
- Item2019 Market Facilitation Program Available to Assist Producers Trade Disputes(2019-08-04) Millet-Williams, Nerice; Goeringer, PaulThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) established the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) under Section 5 of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act in 2018. This section authorizes CCC to assist in the disposition of surplus commodities and to increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic markets or by developing or aiding in the development of new and additional markets, marketing facilities and uses for such commodities. MFP provides direct payments to producers of specific products impacted by foreign tariffs. This program has been updated for 2019 to continue to assist growers impacted by trade disputes.
- ItemAgricultural Outlook and Policy Conference Agendas: 2014-2017, 2019(2022-11) Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
- ItemClimate Change and Agriculture: How is USDA Helping Agriculture Respond(2016-09-13) Lewandrowski, Jan
- ItemCommodity Program Choices by Maryland Farmers under the 2014 Farm Bill(2015-07) Leathers, Howard; Goeringer, PaulQuick overview of which programs Maryland farmers signed up for with the 2014 Farm Bill.
- ItemConservation Easements: A Useful Tool for Farm Transition and Estate Planning(2016-09) Lynch, Lori; Goeringer, Paul
- ItemConsiderations for Equine Lease Agreements(2017-04) Bhadurihauck, Sara; Goeringer, PaulOffering a horse for lease can be a good option for an owner who is unable to ride or care for their horse due to physical, time, or financial constraints but still wishes to maintain ownership. A lease can be an alternative to selling the horse, a way to cut maintenance costs, or an avenue to ensure the horse remains in work. While some verbal contracts are considered binding in Maryland, getting the agreement in writing is a good idea. A well-written lease can protect the owner (also called the lessor) and the lessee (the person leasing the horse) from liability and ensure both parties understand their rights and responsibilities. An equine lease can take many forms, depending on how the lease agreement is constructed. Consider the following items when preparing or reviewing a written lease agreement.
- ItemCrop Insurance For Maryland Field Crops And Livestock(2016-07-28) Harper, Jayson; Goeringer, Paul
- ItemCrop Insurance Option for Diversified Operations: Whole Farm Revenue Protection(2016-05-11) Goeringer, Paul; Leathers, HowardThe 2014 Farm Bill authorized USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) to develop a new type of revenue insurance product: Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP). WFRP provides a risk management tool for all commodities on farms with up to $8.5 million in insured revenue. WFRP is not intended for one specific crop such as corn, wheat, or soybeans like traditional revenue and yield insurance products, but is intended to cover all crops and livestock grown on a farm. This new product has replaced the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) and Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite policies.
- ItemCurrent Crop Insurance and Federal Policy Situation(2016-09-13) Frerichs, Stephen
- ItemDevelopment Capacity and the Impact of Septic Law (SB 236) in the Baltimore Metro Region(2013-05) Newburn, DavidThis presentation included an overview of the Sustainability Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act (“septic law") passed by State of Maryland in 2012, looking at Baltimore County, MD, as a case study. Slides include information about land-use trends, zoning trends, septic and groundwater wells, and local watersheds.
- ItemDownzoning for the Preservation of Agricultural and Forest Lands(2017-07) Newburn, David A.
- ItemEnsuring the Continued Viability of Rural Communities: Using Mediation to Settle Disputes(2017-08) Grahame, Mason; Goeringer, PaulMediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution, has considerable advantages over litigation in terms of relationships among parties, finances, and time. Mediation can be a useful alternative to expensive litigation for many disputes. It encourages individuals to take responsibility for their issues by meeting to discuss both sides of the story openly, and properly identifying facts with a mediator in an effort to avoid expensive litigation. This publication covers Maryland's Agricultural Conflict Resolution Service through the Maryland Department of Agriculture. This USDA approved mediation program works to provide low-cost to free mediation services to resolve agricultural disputes.
- ItemEstimated Payments Under the 2014 County Agricultural Risk Coverage Program in Maryland(2015-07) Leathers, Howard; Goeringer, PaulProvides an estimate of potential payments by county for the 2014 Crop Year.
- ItemFarm Data: Ownership and Protections(2017-01) Ellixson, Ashley; Griffin, TerryThe issue of farm data has been a contentious point of debate with respect to ownership rights and impacts when access rights are misappropriated. One of the leading questions farmers ask deals with the protections provided to farm data. Although no specific laws or precedence exists, the possibility of trade secret is examined and ramifications for damages discussed. Farm management examples are provided to emphasize the potential outcomes of each possible recourse for misappropriating farm data.
- ItemFarmer-saved Seed: What is Legal? What is Not?(2017-06) Morris, Dale; Kratochvil, Robert; Goeringer, PaulMost wheat and soybean seed sold in Maryland is protected by either U.S. Patent Law or the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA). These protections severely limit the age-old practice of “farmer-saved seed” or prohibit it entirely, depending upon the protection the owner of the variety secures. The following will discuss the implications of Patent Law and PVPA on farmer-saved seed of wheat and soybeans.
- ItemFarmland and Forest Conservation: Evaluating Successes and Failures for Smart Growth in Maryland and the United States.(2022-06) Newburn, David A.; Lynch, Lori; Wang, Haoluan