- Welcome to the course!
- Introduction to Reducing Legal Risks for Farmers
- Farm Insurance and Liability
Farm insurance is one of the most valuable risk management tools available to farm businesses. Whether a barn fire, a food safety incident, a slip-and-fall accident, or a late frost, farm insurance is available to reduce the impact of calamities on the farm business. Learn more about the property, liability, and crop risks farms often face and the best insurance tools to manage those risks in this section.
- Workers: Farm Employment Law
Whether a farmer recruits employees, independent contractors, volunteers, interns, or apprentices, this is an area of law farmers can't afford to ignore. Get the basics on how to properly classify workers while complying with the laws that apply to each worker type. This material will help farmers narrow down the issues that apply to them while identifying the resources to move forward.
- Business Structures
LLCs, S Corporations, Partnerships... Which one is the right choice? Learn about the key decision-making factors farmers use to select the right business entity for their farm. Organizing documents and annual paperwork obligations are also crucial considerations, and this section walks farmers through legal best practices.
- Land Matters: Leasing and Financing Access to Land
Leasing is relevant to most farmers at some point in their operations, either because they need to lease land or they lease out their land. Whichever it is, the lease is an incredibly important document. Learn how to write a thorough and legally enforceable lease document that prevents problems before they occur. Farmers who purchase land often use a variety of financing means, each with different legal considerations. Get the legal perspective on how farmland financing affects farmers.
- Value Added and Tourism: Legal Considerations for Farm Events and Agritourism
Farms host events and agritourism to expand markets and gain new customers, not to increase their legal exposure. Taking proactive steps to explore issues like zoning, insurance, and tax matters before creating a farm event helps to ensure a positive experience for everyone.