Farm Business Start-Up Checksheet

Before starting a new farm business, you need to consider many things. What rules and regulations apply to your business? Which levels of government (city, county, state, federal) are responsible for which regulations? What permits will you need? What are the business structure options for your farm? What are your tax liabilities? What do you need to know about hiring farm labor? Which food safety regulations apply to your operation? You should understand the elements of a good contract and lease. This checksheet provides a list of some of the types of rules, regulations, and other things you should be aware of prior to starting your farm business.

SOURCE: National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)