Law, Tax, and Succession
The time spent navigating the legal and regulatory aspects of managing a farm business can make a farmer wonder when there’ll be time to actually “farm”. There is no substitute for the advice of an attorney, and by making these resources available, Friends of Family Farmers is not in any way providing legal advice. But the sites and guides below at least provide a broad understanding of many legal, taxation and business issues that all farmers face.
- Advisor Search from Austin Family Business Center offers a list of recommended accountants, attorneys, financial planners, construction firms, insurance providers, and marketing consultants serving Oregon small businesses.
- Farm Commons provides business legal services to farmers, creates useful legal education resources, and educates attorneys on issues relating to community-based farmers around the country.
- Farmer to Consumer Legal Defense Fund – advocates for farmers and producers of artisan and raw foods in food safety challenges
Informational Warehouses and General Guides
- Oregon Ag Laws compiled by ODA. Includes a guide to licensing
- Agriculture Network of Information
- Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation – At Iowa State University
- Drake Law Library’s Agricultural Law Resources
- Farmers’ Legal Action Group Incorporated (FLAG) – Conservation Programs, Contract Farming, Credit, Estate Planning, Marketing, Organics, Tax Issues and more…
- A Legal Guide for Wisconsin Farmers Secured Transactions, Landlord/Tenant, Working with an Attorney, Farm Foreclosure, Bankruptcy
- A Legal Guide to the Business of Farming in Vermont – Estate Planning, Leasing, Land Use Regulation, Farm Labor, Environmental Regulation, Insurance, Organics, On-Farm Processing & Marketing
- National Agricultural Law Center – At University of Arkansas
- New England Small Farm Institute Publications
- At 900+ pages, Neil E. Harl’s Agricultural Law Manual is a very comprehensive, albeit technical, manual.
Environmental Environmental Laws Affecting State Agriculture – From the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Research Foundation (NASDA)
Licensing Licenses and Requirements – Oregon Department of Agriculture
- Taxation of Farmland Not Zoned for Exclusive Farm Use, from the Oregon Department of Revenue, and
- Property Tax Special Assessments from ODA
- Austin Family Business Program at OSU, including the Ties-to-the Land program designed for woodland owners, but applicable to all rural landholders.
- Farm Transitions Toolkit
- International Farm Transition Network – publications and seminars
- Agrarian Trust’s resources on Succession Planning
- Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT)
- Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust (OSALT)
- Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
Law and Policy Blogs
- Agricultural Law
- Agtogo – Farm Bill updates
- Midwest Agricultural Law Guide
- United States Agricultural & Food Law and Policy
- West Coast Ag & Food Law
Related Resource Pages
*Friends of Family Farmers provides these resources solely for educational purposes. Friends of Family Farmers neither favors nor endorses any of the organizations listed on this website, nor are they responsible for any incorrect information that is listed on the hyperlinked external sites.*