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Adding Value Without Adding Legal Liability To Farm Products

Broadcast Date: January 06, 2015
Chapter 1
Who and what is behind this webinar?
Chapter 2
 Permits and Licesnse
Learn when, why, and how licesnses are generally required for adding value to farm products
Chapter 3
 Facilities and Partners
Recommendations for developing partnerships with people
Chapter 4
 Cottage Food Laws
Understanding your state's cottage food law requries careful reading and detail. Discover what to look for to avoid violations.
Chapter 5
 Lisa Kivirist: Author of Handmade for Sale
Pick up tips for launching your value-added business from an experienced farmer entrepreneur
Chapter 6
 Everyone's Legal Concerns
Whether you add value under a cottage food law or a standard processing permit, you need to know these additional laws that may apply
Chapter 7
 Contract Law
Your sales contract can change the legal landscape of your value-added enterprise
Chapter 8
If you add value, you need insurance to cover the unique additional risks of the operation
Chapter 9
State and federal regulations affect the kinds of health and other claims a person can make about their product
Chapter 10
 Land Use Issues
Zoning and land use restrictions can limit value-added production on farms
Chapter 11
 Labor Laws
Value-added production can require the farm to follow different employment laws that it follows for crop or livestock production
Chapter 12
 Best Business Practices
A few final hints for protecting the farm business as it develops a value-added operation
Chapter 13
 Final Q and A
Learn from your fellow farmers' questions on value added legal issues

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 legal impact. 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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