Community Supported Agriculture: How Do Maryland Operators Manage Legal Risks?

Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law (Forthcoming)

8 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2016 Last revised: 22 Aug 2016

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Mayhah Suri

University of Maryland - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Paul Goeringer

University of Maryland - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Date Written: August 9, 2016

Abstract

Maryland is situated between two large urban areas with a number of consumers demanding access to fresh foods. To meet this demand, many Maryland producers have started community supported agriculture (CSA) options with their businesses. These CSAs provide fresh fruit, vegetables, and sometimes meats and eggs to subscribers over the growing season. But CSAs do come with risks. This article highlights joint efforts by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and University of Maryland to educate producers on the need to utilize written contracts with their CSAs and other practices to manage legal risk in their operations.

Keywords: community supported agriculture, CSA, food law, agricultural law, legal risk management, contract

JEL Classification: K12. K10, K19

Suggested Citation

Suri, Mayhah and Goeringer, Paul, Community Supported Agriculture: How Do Maryland Operators Manage Legal Risks? (August 9, 2016). Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2820652 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2820652

Mayhah Suri

University of Maryland - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

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United States

Paul Goeringer (Contact Author)

University of Maryland - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

Symmons Hall, Rm 2200
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-5535
United States

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