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UI Extension’s Cultivating Success Program and Farm Commons Partner offers Sustainable Farm Law 101 in Driggs

March 14, 2017

From hiring workers, leasing or buying land, implementing food safety measures, negotiating sales, forming an LLC, filing taxes, and getting insurance—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.

The University of Idaho Extension's Cultivating Success Program and the Farm Commons Partner will offer Sustainable Farm Law 101 in Driggs on Wednesday, March 22. This workshop is geared toward farmers, ranchers and landowners and will empower participants to move forward on legal issues of greatest importance to their operation, including:

  • Business organization: How to select and form a business entity that encourages optimal management of your farm operation.

  • Workers: How to address priority employment law issues, including workers’ compensation, minimum wage, volunteers, and internship programs.

  • Food Safety: How to design a proactive liability protection plan to put your mind at ease, regardless of whether you have a food safety plan or the USDA Food Safety Modernization Act, rules apply.

  • Land Matters: How to ensure a successful lease or purchase arrangement and keep finances and accounting in order.

  • Sales and Contracts: How to secure long-lasting, trusting relationships with restaurant, retail, and wholesale customers via strong paperwork.

  • Insurance: Learn what forms of insurance are ideal for your farm and ways to work with an insurance agent to get your needs met.

Farm law affects everyone, especially our most innovative, direct-to-consumer farmers. Answers aren’t always easy to come by — but that’s why Farm Commons exists. Not just a boring lecture filled with legal lingo, this workshop will be co-facilitated by attorney and founder of Farm Commons, Rachel Armstrong and Sue Miller of Snowdrift Farms, a Certified Organic Farm located near Victor. 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!

Class is $25 per participant and includes lunch and workshop materials. To register, search “Sustainable Farm Law 101” on Eventbrite. Advanced registration required before Monday, March 20 to ensure lunch and printed handouts. For questions or further information, please contact Teton County Extension at 208-354-2961,, or visit

About Cultivating Success
Cultivating Success has been offering programming since 2000 to increase agricultural producer and consumer understanding, value, and support of sustainable local farming systems in Idaho and Washington through educational and experiential opportunities. Partners of Cultivating Success TM strive to create strong communities with infrastructures that provide the resources and skills needed to produce local and sustainable food and agricultural products. Learn more at

Media Contact:
Jennifer Werlin
Extension Educator, Community Food Systems
University of Idaho, Teton County

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