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MPower Logo UM Ag LawAgriculture Law Education Initiative is a collaboration between 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.

This research guide lists and describes selected resources for researching agricultural laws, including statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions. Other resources covered include books, journals, free as well as subscription electronic databases, and web sites.  Some resources are free for public use and therefore don't use any form of authentication or password, whether they are accessed from on-campus or off-campus.  This guide will note when a subscription is required.

Using a research guide is a great way to start researching a new or unfamiliar topic.  Other helpful research guides include:


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USDA Laws and Regulations page is a great place to begin topical research on agricultural law. The page provides an overview of statutes, regulations and decisions concerning agricultural law.  

For Maryland, the Maryland Law Encyclopedia summarizes Maryland substantive and procedural law.  Find the Maryland Law Encyclopedia in your local library here.

National Conference of State Legislatures on Agriculture and Rural Development follows state legislative activities on Agriculture, Rural Communities, and Food Safety, by tracking state legislation, Federal Issues in Agriculture, and state strategies to address current local issues in agriculture and rural development.

Susan A. Schneider's book Food, Farming, and Sustainability: Readings in Agricultural Law (2010) (available in local libraries) is also a good starting point.  According to the publisher's webpage, it "is divided into units designed to introduce some of the critical legal issues facing the industry and consumers today including: federal farm programs, the structure of farms and industrialized agriculture, environmental concerns, migrant labor issues, farm animal welfare, agricultural commercial law, and other topics."  Update to Food, Farming, and Sustainability (September 28, 2012) "provides updated information, links to new resources, and suggestions for teaching an agricultural law survey class from the book, Food, Farming and Sustainability: Readings in Agricultural Law."


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