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Farm Business, Legal, and Risk Management

Ag Risk and Farm Management Library – the Library helps agricultural producers and professionals quickly locate information, tools and assistance on specific ag risk and farm management topics. The Library includes:

  • Documents & Videos – over 3,000 documents organized by Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal and Human Risk topics
  • Crop & Livestock Budgets – more than 2,700 crop budgets representing over 280 crops and more than 400 livestock budgets from over 30 states

Small Farm Risk Management Resources for Farmers / La gestión de riesgos para las granjas – these webinars cover risk management options for small, diversified and specialty crop producers. Available in English and Spanish.

The Organic Farmer’s Business HandbookA Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff – and Making a Profit by Richard Wiswall

Black Family Land Trust – one of the nation’s only conservation land trusts dedicated to the preservation and protection of African-American and other historically underserved landowners’ assets.

Land Leasing for Your Sustainable Farm Enterprise (Farm Commons) – issues addressed in this FAQ on leasing farmland include the importance of getting a lease in writing, early termination, who’s responsible for what, protecting your investments when making improvements and long-term leases.

Purchasing Land for Your Farm Operation (Farm Commons) – issues addressed in this FAQ on farmland purchasing include financing options, permitted activities under zoning ordinances (housing workers, subdividing, value added, agritourism), in-kind payments for farmland purchase & land contracts.

Agritourism on Your Farm (Farm Commons) – issues addressed in this FAQ on agritourism include zoning ordinances, employee wages and workers’ compensation requirements, tax reporting, liability for injuries at farm events, sales tax requirements and disability accommodation requirements.

How Do I Find a Farm Lawyer? – tips on how to approach finding a lawyer for your agricultural business (Carolina Farm Stewardship Association).

NC FarmLink – a program of NC State Extension that connects farmers, landowners and service providers across North Carolina, helping to grow the state’s agriculture industry.

NC Growing Together webinar series – this YouTube channel includes webinars on food safety, taking farm and food businesses to the next level, crowdfunding, marketing, heir property and other topics.