Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI)

Mission: To educate and serve Maryland family farmers through expert information training that helps navigate complex legal issues such as estates and trusts, regulatory compliance farm food safety, and other aspects of agriculture law.

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ALEI reaches state’s agricultural community through publications, social media, trainings, and formal classroom education. ALEI leverages its MPower funding by pursuing grants to support additional programming and expansion.



Undergraduate students at UMCP and law school students at UMB benefit from classes taught by legal specialists on agriculture and law. Farmer education and student involvement are key elements of the program, which through relevant law classes prepares students to become critical thinkers and utilize analysis to inspire innovation in farming, food safety, public policy, and community engagement.

MPower supports funding for the Brinsfield Internship Program, a collaboration between the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology and ALEI now in its 6th year. This year, Brinsfield welcomed three interns. Meet the 2023 interns here.


Eighth Annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference speakers Shakisha Morgan, JD, and state Sen. Malcolm Augustine.

Annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

Now in its 9th year, ALEI hosts an annual conference on the intricacies between agriculture and environmental law and legal issues impacting Delmarva communities.

The 2023 Annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference will be held on Thursday, November 16th, 2023 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Annapolis, MD. Mark your Calendars! Full schedule of events to be announced soon.