WESTMINSTER — A nationally known expert on agriculture law will speak Thursday at the annual Mid-Winter Farm Meetings at the Agriculture Center.
Leon Geyer, a professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., will speak on "Protecting Yourself from Bankruptcies and Other Legal Problems."
Among other issues, he will talk about how farmers can protect themselves if a grain elevator company where their crop is stored declares bankruptcy, said David L. Greene, acting director of the county Cooperative Extension Service.
Geyer is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
He is one of a number of speakers scheduled during the gathering on Wednesday and Thursday sponsored by the extension service. About 150 farmers are expected to attend each day-long session,Greene said.
A session on grain checkoff programs also is expected to draw a crowd, he said.
The panel speakers will be Robert Bounds, a Uniontown farmer and member of the United Soybean Board; DonaldLippy, a Hampstead farmer and member of the National Corn Growers Association; and Lawrence Meeks, a Westminster farmer and director on the Maryland Grain Utilization Board.
The three will explain how money raised from the checkoffs is used, Greene said. The panel is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Wednesday sessions include an updateon health and disability insurance by Mary Stephenson, of the FamilyResource Management office at the University of Maryland, at 1:30 p.m.
At 2 p.m., Larry Heltebridle of Nationwide Insurance will talk about crop insurance. After last summer's drought, more farmers may be interested in buying insurance, Greene said.
Also at 1:30 p.m., a representative from the county Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office will talk about 1992 federal assistance programs available to county farmers.
Maryland State Police Trooper James Emerick will talk at 2 p.m. about dealing with rural crime and vandalism.
At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Martha Clark, president of the Howard County Farm Bureau, will speak on "Educating the Consumer about Agriculture."
Clark, who farms with her husband in Glenelg, is activein statewide and national agriculture activities.
At 1 p.m. Thursday, Carroll home economics extension agent Judy Stuart will talk about "Money Management in Tight Times."
Following her at 1:30 p.m., Sharon Grobaker, also a Carroll home economics extension agent, will speak on "Coping with Recessionary Stress."
At 2 p.m., Jonathan Kays, a natural resources specialist at Western Maryland Research and Education Center, will talk to farmers about dealing with a growing deer population.
Also on Thursday afternoon, Roberta Weber, a Howardextension agent, will demonstrate farm computer programs.
Agriculture-related exhibits will be on display, and lunch will be on sale during the conference.