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c0b02c Rachel RespondsMay 31, 2015
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A farmer in my area recently advertised that they'd like someone to "work their way into" their farm. I expressed interest, and now we’re in the middle of discussing the details over e-mail and phone, getting along well, and even planning a possible farm visit. So far we see eye-to-eye mostly but I...

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c0b02c Rachel RespondsMay 31, 2015
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Hi Rachel,

I'm trying to figure out the best way to handle hiring employees. I want to have a farm manual that they read and sign, and my insurance company wants us to have a safety manual as well. But I also feel that we need to have an "agreement" that...

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c0b02c Rachel RespondsMarch 19, 2015
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Dear Rachel,

I am trying to decide if I should register my operation as an LLC or an S Corps. My understanding is that taxes work the same for LLCs and S Corps for farms. If the business involves both a farm and a food processing business, does that change...

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c0b02c Rachel RespondsSeptember 24, 2014
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Currently, one our employees is paid hourly. We are talking about next year and she has thrown out the idea of getting paid salary rather than hourly. Are there advantages to offering a farm employee a salary?

If there are advantages, can we pay our salaried employee less in the off-season (November to February) and more during our peak...

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c0b02c Rachel RespondsJuly 22, 2014
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I want to sell to restaurants so I've been taking samples into restaurants. I give each chef a few of my fruits and a sell sheet with prices and availability. Last week, a chef told me they could not use my fruit unless the box had a USDA label on it.
Can you give me some details about this? I've never heard of this, and I'm pretty sure I'm...

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c0b02c Rachel RespondsJuly 07, 2014
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Is there any way to find out if a piece of farmland is being leased?

How can I protect my ability to enforce a long-term lease if ownership changes hands? 

c0b02c Rachel RespondsMarch 10, 2014
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I hired a gal to help me out selling products at the farmers’ market and at grocery stores. Much to my surprise, she tells me she is quitting and she plans to start a distribution company that sells local meats to grocery stores. I’m concerned that she might convert the grocery store and farmers’ market customers that I’ve worked so hard to...

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c0b02c Rachel RespondsFebruary 01, 2014
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I’m a member of a Community Supported Agriculture farm in my area, and I use my house as a drop-site. Unfortunately, I just received a notice from my local zoning board and it tells me that I’m violating the zoning code. They say I have to stop allowing people to come pick up their CSA share from my garage! How could this happen?

c0b02c Rachel RespondsJanuary 20, 2014
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I’m a member of a Community Supported Agriculture farm in my area, and I use my house as a drop-site. Unfortunately, I just received a notice from my local zoning board and it tells me that I’m violating the zoning code. They say I have to stop allowing people to come pick up their CSA share from my garage! How could this happen?

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