University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s New Effort to Aid Farmers

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Agriculture and Extension programsThe University of Maryland Eastern Shore is joining with the University of Maryland in College Park and the University of Maryland in Baltimore to form the Maryland Agricultural Law Education Initiative. The new initiative will assess the legal needs of the state’s farm families and assist them in meeting these needs.

There are approximately 12,800 farmers in Maryland. Among the issues that the initiative will focus on are environmental compliance, regulatory matters, estate planning, and crop insurance.

Moses Kairo_FAMUMoses K. Kairo, dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, stated, “Providing support to family farms is at the core of our mission as a land-grant institution and the university is bringing its expertise to the table, which we think will be beneficial.”

Dr. Kairo became dean last year. He previously served on the faculty at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Dr. Kairo is a graduate of the University of Nairobi in Kenya, where he majored in zoology. He holds a master’s degree in applied entomology from Imperial College of London and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of London.

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