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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

The law affects sustainable, local food producers in many ways, and farmers need information on how to deal with these concerns. Williamson County Extension will present this webinar series through Farm Commons over the winter of 2014-2015. The series will help farmers identify some common concerns. Webinars are hosted on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and be held at the Extension office. Topics will include: beginning farmers and farm law, putting your CSA on a solid legal footing, hosting legally secure farm events, adding value with liability to farm products and farm leases that are good for landowners and tenants.

The first program will be on Monday, December 8 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The interactive webinar will be a preview of the many legal issues beginning farmers should consider when just starting out with farming. What business entity should a farmer choose? Which insurance policies are really important? What about that farmland lease- when should it be written down and what should it say? Is there anything to know about farmers market sales, volunteers, or working with family members? This webinar will touch on all of these questions and more.

The second program will be on Tuesday, December 9 beginning at 12 noon. It will cover community supported agriculture (CSA) as an incredibly unique relationship between farmer and customer. But, this means it also has unique legal dynamics. CSA farmers who critically analyze their membership agreement, drop sites, and farm event programs beforehand set themselves up for success. Learn how an attorney sees CSA and what you can do to protect your farm. This webinar will also discuss risks with farm volunteer programs and buying the right insurance.

While there is no fee for this series, registration is required on-line at or by calling 512.943.3300.




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