Laws Pertaining to the Agriculture Business and the Role of a Solicitor

DATE: May, 5   COMMENTS: 0   AUTHOR: Allan Azarola

Farming or agriculture is not the same across the world. Moreover, people may set out to farm with different goals. Being aware of these truths would help define and refine your agriculture business’ objectives and vision. The goals could be anything from the amount of money you intend to make from the business and improving the farming environment to natural resources, sales volume and customer satisfaction. This clarity also comes in handy when interacting with banks and other service providers. The various goals should be quantified as that would help measure things and track progress.

Laws and Regulations

Being in adherence with local laws is important when launching your agriculture business. Often, the ideal place to unearth regulatory or legal information is the local township office. Get in touch with them and learn the rules that apply to your agricultural product or location. Interacting with other farmers in your area would also help. Seasoned farmers would have already confronted local inspectors and would most likely know the issues that may crop in the future.

There are several other resources to learn legal rules pertaining to your agricultural product or business. And if you’re planning to hire people for your business, you must look into certain worker protections and benefits as well, which includes worker training, safety and educational requirements. Other business-related things to consider are tax withholding, hour and wage standards, workers and unemployment compensation, employee financial protections, and liability standards for activities relating to work.

Employee Registration

If you are certain to have employees on-board, you must register your business as an employer within the state, register employees and get their tax identification numbers (or whatever ID numbers that apply to your region), comply with wage requirements and child labor rules, etc.

Producer firms would frequently list out regulations relevant to your industry. At times, summaries of vital rules and regulations would be provided. A summary could be on any topic relating to farming and agriculture, such as meat processing regulations.

Licensing and Registration

The licensing and registration requirements could vary with the kind of farming you’re looking at. For example, if you’re considering organic farming, you’ll have to put up with specific certification requirements. It’s important to ask the certifier about particular farming practices.

Also, there could be production guides pertaining to certain variety or category of crops. These guides usually throw light on soil management, irrigation, and individual crops’ pest management requirements. The guides come in quite handy even if you’re planning to incorporate organic pesticides.

How Does a Specialist Agricultural Solicitor Help?

A specialist agricultural lawyer understands farming and farmers and the various agri-businesses. Solicitors for agricultural businesses would help with farmland purchase, leasing, and the laws relating to trade, contracts, marketing, farm management, crop insurance, etc. Also, the lawyer would assist with solving familial legal problems relating to agri-business and farms, navigating government regulation of agribusiness and farms, and resolving relevant government and private disputes. These are problems farmers can solve without expert legal assistance, but the path ahead would be laden with legal difficulties and complications if treaded alone.

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