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Farm Law 101 Workshop

January 5th and 6th, 2018  at the Institute

Friday 10-4 & Saturday 9– NOON

From hiring workers, leasing or buying land, implementing food safety measures, negotiating sales, forming an LLC, filing taxes, getting insurance and so on—legal issues work their way into every aspect of the sustainable farm. The good news is that developing a strong, legally resilient farm business is easier than you think!

Farm Law 101 is not a boring lecture filled with legal lingo, this workshop will be co-facilitated by an attorney and 1 or 2 farmers. User-friendly legal education will be integrated with practical, on the ground experience, including input from participants. Expect a compelling, informative, and engaging workshop that will inspire you to take action to build a stronger, more resilient farm!


This workshop will empower direct to consumer farmers to move forward on legal issues of greatest importance to their operation.

Some comments from attendees of the Workshop:

“Way more approachable than expected! I feel like I can actually do this stuff the right way!”

“It was such an incredible gift to get so much valuable information even though I’ve only just begun learning about farming.”

“Plain-spoken, good real world examples. Very comprehensive.”


Two day Agenda:

LLCs, Partnerships, and Corporations
Leasing Land
Insurance: Crops/Livestock, General Liability (Property/Casualty)
Q and A

Employment Law
Interns and Volunteers
Food Safety

See Full Agenda here

Cost:  $15 per day or $25 for both days

All workshop materials included, and lunch and dinner are provided Friday with a light breakfast on Saturday.

Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
W2493 County Rd ES
East Troy, WI 53120

Lodging: On-site and local lodging are available. A block of rooms for Friday, January 5th, has been reserved at the Quality Inn East Troy, until December 16, 2017.  Reserve your room by phone 262-642-2100, use group code: MFAI Farm Law. For on-site lodging call Perry Brown for more information, 262-642-3303, ext. 119.

REGISTER HERE   Registration deadline is December 28, 2017

Financial assistance is available to qualified Farm Operators.  Please call Perry Brown at 262-642-3303, ext. 119.