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Federal Statutes and Legislation

United States Code - Title 7 Agriculture

The U.S. Code is also available through Legal Information Institute, FindLaw and FDsys. Be aware that they are not current so be sure to note the date the code was last updated.

Your state bar association may provide access to the current US Code through the subscription databases Casemaker and Fastcase.

The suscription databases Lexis and Westlaw update their online code as new laws are passed with about a 2-month delay while Congress is in  session. Updating the statute with Shepard's or KeyCite on the section is a good idea--be sure to look for pending legislation affecting the section.  Although the full academic subscriptions to Lexis-Nexis and to Westlaw are restricted to current students and faculty, a more limited version of Westlaw is available to on-site library visitors.

  • United States Code Annotated (USCA), by Thomson/West, is available on Westlaw.
  • United States Code Service (USCS) by LexisNexis, is available on Lexis.

The US Code is also Bloomberg Law , and annotations are being added in increasing number. It is updated within a month of newly enacted legislation.

Session Laws and Legislation


Maryland Agriculture Statutes

Maryland has made it a priority to protect the environment. Some examples of state agriculture statutes include:

Maryland Department of Legislative Services (DLS).  The DLS conducts research and drafts legislation for members of the Maryland General Assembly.  The DLS also provides fiscal, administrative, and technological support for state legislatures.  In the course of its work, the DLS often prepares reports, studies, and fact sheets on issues pertaining to state environmental law policies and laws.  These reports are frequently made available on the DLS web site.

Other State-Specific Agriculture Statutes are available from the Cornell Legal Information Institute and the National Conference of State Legislatures on Agriculture and Rural Development .


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