Looking Back at 2020: Top Legal Developments in Agricultural Law

Chino Farms Grasslands Plantation is seen on the Chester River in Queen Anne’s County, Md. Image by Will Parson Chesapeake Bay Program

The article is not a substitute for legal advice. 

            With 2020 over and 2021 just starting, I wanted to take a minute to look back at the top legal developments impacting agriculture in 2019.  A few of these legal developments may seem like repeats from my 2019 update; see here.  Moving into 2021, we will see new issues emerge as continued lawsuits involving pesticides, continued implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill and COVID-19 relief bills, and possible appeals in a few cases on the list.  See above for the embedded annual podcast episode covering these issues.  If you have not already signed up for updates, click here to sign up to get email updates sent to you as new content is available.

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Maryland Court Rules Poultry Farm Manager Is Co-Employee of Integrator in Workers’ Compensation Case

Chicken barns rise from a farm in Queen Anne’s County, Md., on June 27, 2016. (Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program with aerial support by LightHawk).

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            The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, in Uninsured Employers’ Fund v. Tyson Farms, Inc., recently agreed with the Workers’ Compensation Commission that a poultry farm manager’s occupational disease disablement arose out of his co-employment to both the poultry farm owner and the poultry company, Tyson Farms, Inc. Tyson may appeal to the Court of Appeals of Maryland, but growers and companies should consider the possible implications of this decision.

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