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CSA Legal Issues Webinars

Agriculture Law Education Initiative

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

CSA Legal Issues Webinars
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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operators or those thinking about starting a CSA are invited to attend one of the featured webinars focused on drafting better membership agreements and addressing common labor law issues. The webinars are free but registration is required. They will be held:

  •  March 31, 2015, topic “CSA Membership Agreements What Not to Do and Introduction of the Model Membership Agreement” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  •  April 7, 2015, topic “Typical CSA Labor Law Issues and CSA Crop Insurance Products” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


“This initiative is designed to help our CSA farmers develop strong risk management tools,” said Mark Powell, MDA Chief of Marketing.  “We want operators and consumers to have successful relationships.”

 The webinars are sponsored by MDA, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC), the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI), the Maryland Farm Bureau, and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Marketing Service grant.

 The webinars will focus on common issues with CSA membership agreements used in Maryland, an overview of a model CSA contract developed for Maryland CSAs, a look at labor issues faced by CSA operators in the state and an overview of crop insurance products available to CSA operators.

 “Currently, we get a lot of questions on labor issues when it comes to CSA operations and other diversified operations in Maryland,” said Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist with the University of Maryland Ag and Resource Economics Department at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  “These webinars will provide a good opportunity to answer questions on CSA membership agreements and labor issues impacting CSA operators.”

 “Incorporating a CSA into your operation can be very beneficial but it may necessitate extra labor and it is very important to make sure that workers are paid and treated in accordance with both Federal and State law,” said Sarah Everhart, Legal Specialist with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

 The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Equal Access Programs.  


Have questions about CSA Legal Issues Webinars? Contact Agriculture Law Education Initiative



Agriculture Law Education Initiative

The Agriculture Law Education Initiative (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, College Park (UMCP); and the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).  ALEI is an initiative of the University of Maryland: MPowering the State, a strategic alliance between UMB and UMCP created in 2012 to significantly expand research, business development, and student opportunities at both universities.



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