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Farm Commons Schedules 2013-2014 On-Farm Legal Issues Webinar Series


Farm Commons delivers fast-paced webinars that help farmers move forward on the legal issues that affect their farm operation. Our webinars are engaging and practical- this isn’t just theoretical learning! Register by clicking on the date and time which will take you to a registration form. You will receive a thank-you email and reminders as the date approaches. Apologies- each webinar must be registered for separately at this time.
Hosting On-farm Events

On-farm events are a great way to build support in the community. And, they’re a lot of fun! But as the saying goes, it’s always fun until someone loses an eye. Make sure your farm isn’t left with the short end of the stick after a good-intentioned event goes bad. From zoning compliance to guest injuries and serving prepared food, we’ll talk about all the things a farm should think through when hosting an event.

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January 13, 2014, 6pm CST

Workers and Employees

Farming is a lot of work, and help is often needed. Should a farm work with volunteers, trade labor for food, or hire employees? This webinar will explore the options and guide farmers through the legal considerations of getting work done. Checklists, flowcharts, and model documents will help attendees move forward after they’ve decided on the best approach for their farm.

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January 28, 2014, 6pm CST

Selling Products to Larger Buyers

Now that hospitals, food service operations, and grocery stores have caught on to the merits of local food, farmers are learning how to work with these operations. A good relationship between buyer and seller is key to making these sales worthwhile. Learn how the right sales agreement can help keep everyone happy. Also, learn how to protect the farm business if things go wrong.

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February 10, 2014, 6pm CST

Starting a Farm

A beginning farmer has to find financing, lease or buy land, coordinate equipment, establish a website, and so much more, all while growing crops or raising livestock. The legal issues abound, but this webinar will help beginning farmers understand the fundamental issues that should demand attention while the farm gets started.

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February 25, 2014, 6pm CST

Adding Value to Farm Products

Although starting a processing operation, improving packaging, and developing new products are great ways to make the farm more profitable, these activities have a huge impact on legal parameters. Employment laws, liability potential, state/federal regulations, and tax factors all change when a farm begins to process product. Farms relying on cottage food laws should make sure to attend- we’ll talk about what these laws do not do to protect farms.

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March 10, 2014, 6pm CDT

Food Safety Liability and Regulations

We’ve been hearing all about the upcoming regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act. But, as important as it is, farm liability for food safety goes beyond this new law. Learn all the latest on how farms can comply with the FSMA as it goes into effect and how they can protect their operations from liability in general.

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March 25, 2014,  6pm CDT

Webinars are offered through a platform that does not require any additional software or downloads. They will be simple to access. Those without an internet connection will be able to listen to the presentation over the phone.

Supported in part by the USDA Risk Management Agency and a Wisconsin Specialty Crop Block Grant.