Published March 5, 2015 in The Star-Democrat.

EASTON — Eastern Shore Land Conservancy from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, will host a breakfast and talk with Agriculture Law Education Initiative attorneys at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.

Join ESLC to learn how the ALEI can serve as a legal resource for property owners, and share in a discussion of nuances of the Farm Bill. ALEI attorneys also will discuss premises liability pertaining to guests, agritourism customers, and hunters. They will take questions, according to a news release from ESLC.

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Executive Director Rob Etgen will give an update on ESLC, the success of the 15th Eastern Shore Planning Conference: The Future of Eastern Shore Agriculture; and progress on the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. Following the program, those interested can join a tour of the renovation progress on the Eastern Shore Conservation Center.

In 2011, the Maryland General Assembly gave the University System of Maryland a new assignment: preserve Maryland’s family farms; help their owners address the complicated legal issues associated with agricultural estates and trusts, regulatory compliance, and other public policies that comprise what is known as agriculture law.

In response, three state institutions — the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences — joined forces to launch the Agriculture Law Education Initiative, a collaboration committed to identifying the legal needs of Maryland farm families and devising strategies to meet them.

The breakfast and talk is $10 and open to the public. The fee is waived for owners of preserved properties. RSVP required. Contact Carin Starr, or 410-827-9756, ext. 171. Or register online at