Published February 27, 2015 in Southern Maryland Newspapers Online.

Farmers and landowners in Southern Maryland can learn more about agricultural land-leasing issues at a leasing workshop 5 to 9 p.m. March 16 at the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative auditorium at 15035 Burnt Store Road in Hughesville.

The workshop is sponsored by Agriculture Law Education Initiative, University of Maryland Extension, Maryland Department of Agriculture and Maryland FarmLink, and funding is provided by USDA-NIFA and the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center.

The workshop will help landlords and tenants better understand the agricultural farmland leasing process, the communication and dispute resolution process and how to find and market available farmland.

“Agricultural leasing has become more complex over the past few years, landlords and tenants have seen increasing rent prices, rising number of disputes between landlord and tenants, and other issues that can strain the landlord-tenant relationship” said Paul Goeringer, an extension legal specialist with the University of Maryland, in a news release. “This workshop will provide important tools for tenants and landlords to have successful leasing relationships that last for years.”

Workshop topics will focus on legal issues related to developing a lease, tools that exist to aid in writing a lease and setting up a rental range, agricultural conflict resolution services available in Maryland, communicating with the other party and an introduction to Maryland’s FarmLink Program.

Registration is required by March 10. The $11 fee includes all materials and a locally sourced light dinner. To register and for information, call 301-274-1922, ext. 1. To register online go to the News and Announcements page at www.smadc.com.