ALEI Helps Guide Farmers Through COVID-19

Laura Beth Resnick, owner of Butterbee Farm, with her blooms.

Image Credit: Julie Hove Andersen Photography

May 7, 2020 Katherine Faulkner

The onset of COVID-19 has made Agricultural Law Education Initiative (ALEI) an even more important resource for farmers grappling with rapidly changing regulations.

When Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the closure of all non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland farmers began contacting ALEI to clarify how the regulation would impact their farms. 

The University of Maryland, Baltimore, shared the good news about how ALEI was able to assist Laura Beth Resnick, owner of Butterbee Farm. Resnick's 5-acre farm in Baltimore County supplies sustainably grown local flowers to florists.

Sarah Everhart, JD, Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) senior legal specialist and managing director of the program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and Paul Goeringer, JD, LLM, MS, extension legal specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, commented on their experiences working with local farmers. 

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