February 27, 2014 Legal Issues For Beginning Farmer Program Continues In Williamson County
The law affects sustainable, local food producers in many ways, and farmers need information on how to deal with these concerns. Over the past three months a Williamson County Extension series has discussed a wide range of topics including: hosting on-farm events, workers and employees, selling products to larger buyers, and starting a farm.
The final two programs are set for Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 25. The programs are held at the Extension office beginning at 6 p.m. and usually conclude by 8:30 p.m.
While there is no registration fee, a pre-registration sign-up is required by 5 p.m. on the Friday before each program. Call the Extension office at 512.943.3300 to reserve your place.
On March 17 the discussion will be on adding value to farm products and how that affects producers. 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 impact on legal parameters. 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.
The final program in the series is on March 25 and the topic will be food safety liability and regulations. We’ve been hearing all about the upcoming regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act. But, as important as it is, farm liability for food safety goes beyond this new law. Learn all the latest on how farms can comply with the FSMA as it goes into effect and how they can protect their operations from liability in general.
For more information contact the Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service office in Williamson County at 512.943.3300