Many states are growing new farms and farmers, according to preliminary reports from the latest USDA Agricultural census. Consumer support of local farmers continues to grow. Farmers markets, direct sales and agritourism help make farming a viable occupation in many regions.
In her webinar called “Starting a Farm,” Rachel Armstrong of farmcommons.org explained how to establish a new farm business. She covered legal issues of starting a new farm: buying land and equipment, leasing, forming a business, buying insurance and protecting the farm. New farms may be started by buying or inheriting land and/or an existing farm operation.
Armstrong’s goal is to help farmers build good relationships with landlords, vendors, lenders and customers to ensure good communications. Formalizing business arrangements can help prevent misunderstandings. [Learn more here.]