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The educational Farm Commons podcast.

Latest Episodes

Episode 28: Tips for Staring a Farm Business during COVID-19

Show Notes: Farming is tough, and starting a farm business during a global pandemic can be even tougher. In this episode, our staff member Taylor Coons shares key tips to help you start up your farm business with strong legal footing during this tumultuous time. We cover important conversations to have when leasing land and setting up your business structure, as well as insurance insights and what it means to have workers on your farm, legally speaking. Be sure to check out the resources we mention in the links below (hyperlinked on website only) to support youalong your start-up journey. Resource links: Farmers' Guide to Business Structures Managing the Sustainable Farm's Risks with Insurance: Nagivating Common Options Managing the Risks of Interns and Volunteers Farmers' Legal Memo on Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave Disclaimer:These resources are provided by Farm Commons foreducationalpurposes only and are not legal counseling. No attorney-client relationship is created, nor is there any offer to provide legal services by the distribution of these publications. Always consult an attorney before relying on the information in these resources.

--2 d ago
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Episode 28: Tips for Staring a Farm Business during COVID-19

Episode 27: Racial Discrimination in Farm Law

Show Notes: Agriculture in the United States was established on, with, and by the system of slavery – being the enslavement of black people by white people. Since the first peoplefrom Africa arrived on U.S. shores in 1619 into the system of enslavement, the legacy of oppression, racism, and discrimination has been passed down from generation to generation. Today, we see this in many areas of agriculture, especially the law.In this episode, we take a hard look at discrimination in the legal areas of lending and farmland access --how it works, what’s been done about it, and share supporting resources in these areas of law for black, indigenous, and peopler of color farming communities. Resources Mentioned: Southern Rural Development Center (SRCD) SRDC Heirs’ Property presentation (YouTube video) Tuskegee University Heir Property (PowerPoint Presentation) Farming While Black by Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm Family Agriculture Resource Management Service (FARMS) Land Loss Preventio...

--JUL 2
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Episode 27: Racial Discrimination in Farm Law

Episode 26: Starting a Farm Business During COVID-19 (Part Two)

Show Notes: This isspecial podcast episode which is the second of a two-part series onStarting a Farm Business During COVID-19. We hosted a webinar on this subject onMay 20th, 2020,and in this episode we’ll be sharing the second half of that presentation, coveringimportant legal considerations for managing the risk of injuries with insurance and unpacking important employment law considerations whengetting your farm business started. Tune into Episode 25for the first half of this presentation where we cover land leasing basics and business structure considerations for new farm businesses. Resources Mentioned: Managing the Sustainable Farm’s Risks with Insurance: Navigating Common Options Managing the Risks of Interns and Volunteers Families First Act/paid sick leave tutorial Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related programs to share with the farming community as quickly and accurately as possible. Please notethat things are rapidly shifting duringthis time and what was accurate info 2 days or 2 weeks ago may not be accurate tomorrow. As such, please look for our most recent updated information on all COVID-19 issues.

--MAY 29
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Episode 26: Starting a Farm Business During COVID-19 (Part Two)

Episode 25: Starting a Farm Business During COVID-19 (Part One)

Show Notes: This isspecial podcast episode which is the first of a two part series on Starting a Farm Business During COVID-19. We hosted a webinar on this subject onMay 20th, 2020,and in this episode we’ll be sharing the first half of that presentation, going over important legal considerations for land leasing and setting up a resilient business structurewhen getting your farm business started. Tune into Episode 26 for the second half this presentation where we cover essential insurance considerations and employment law insights for new farm businesses. Resources Mentioned: Farmers' Guide to Business Structures Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related programs to share with the farming community as quickly and accurately as possible. Please notethat things are rapidly shifting duringthis time and what was accurate info 2 days or 2 weeks ago may not be accurate tomorrow. As such, please look for our most recent updated information on all COVID-19 issues.

--MAY 29
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Episode 25: Starting a Farm Business During COVID-19 (Part One)

Episode 24: Farmers' Preview of the USDA Direct Payments Program

Show Notes: In this episode, you'll meet our new Staff Attorney Rich Lavigne as he and our Executive Director Rachel Armstrong discuss USDA's Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which opens for applications on Tuesday May 26th, 2020. We cover eligibility, paperwork preparation, compensation, timelines, and more. For more in-depth information on CFAP direct payments, especially for direct-to-consumer farmers, register for our upcoming webinar on Wednesday May 27th, 2020 at this link. Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related programs to share with the farming community as quickly and accurately as possible. Please notethat things are rapidly shifting duringthis time and what was accurate info 2 days or 2 weeks ago may not be accurate tomorrow. As such, please look for our most recent updated information on all COVID-19 issues.

--MAY 23
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Episode 24: Farmers' Preview of the USDA Direct Payments Program

Episode 23: Launching a CSA During COVID-19

Show Notes: In this episode, we share actionable legal tips for launching a legally resilient community supported agriculture (CSA) program during COVID-19 that lasts into the future. We cover the 4 big areas of legal risk (aka opportunity points!), being payment, proximity, procurement, and pick-up, and also unpack COVID transmission liability and what that means for farmers and ranchers. This episode provides follow up coverage of our 1-hour webinar on Launching a CSA During COVID-19 with the Law on Your Side. Helpful Resources: Building a Legally Resilient CSA Workbook CSA Member Agreement Workbook Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related programs to share with the farming community as quickly and accurately as possible. Please notethat things are rapidly shifting duringthis time and what was accurate info 2 days or 2 weeks ago may not be accurate tomorrow. As such, please look for our most recent updated information on all COVID-19 issues.

--MAY 19
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Episode 23: Launching a CSA During COVID-19

Episode 22: Farmers' Q+A on Unemployment Insurance

Show Notes: In this episode, our team answers farmers' questions from our April 13, 2020 webinar on Unemployment Insurance (UI) for Farmers and Ranchers Affected by COVID-19. If you're wondering... Will income losses from agritourism be covered by UI? Am I eligible for UI if I have limited income to report? Are UI benefits retroactive from application date, or do they begin after I apply? Should I add back depreciation to my lost income? I farm with my spouse - - how should we determine our income lossto apply for UIand how do we report our weekly status to our state employment commission? What's a scenario where someone would take UI over a Paycheck Protection Program loan? We've got answers for you on all these matters and more, so tune in! Helpful Links: Webinar recording of Unemployment Insurance for Farmers and Ranchers Affected by COVID-19 Episode 21 summary of unemployment insurance through PUA PUA Resources for Farmers and Ranchers (includes legal memo and state-by-state spr...

--APR 23
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Episode 22: Farmers' Q+A on Unemployment Insurance

Episode 21: Unemployment Insurance for Farmers Affected by COVID-19

Show Notes: In this episode, we discuss how self-employed farmers (non-W2 employees)are now eligible for unemployment insurance (UI)benefits through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program of the CARES Act. Farmers,you may be wonderinghow to calculate your lost income to report on the UI application, who to submit that application to, andhow much money you'll actually get from jumping thorugh all the paperwork hoops. Well, we've got helpful insights and guidance to help youmove forward confidently in pursuit of this financial relief, so tune in! Helpful Links: PUA Resources for Farmers and Rachers (includes a legal memo and state-by-state spreadsheet guide for applying) Webinar on Unemployment Insurance for Farmers and Ranchers Affected by COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related programs to share with the farming community as quickly and accurately as possible. Please notethat things are rapidly shifting durin...

--APR 22
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Episode 21: Unemployment Insurance for Farmers Affected by COVID-19

Episode 20: Financial Relief for Farmers Inside and Outside of the CARES Act

Show Notes: In this episode, Farm Commons Staff Attorney Sarah Vaile shares the menu of financial relief options farmers can pursue inside and outside of the CARES Act. We discussprograms that offer loans and grants for operating expenses for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan, as well as organizational pots of money available through American Farmland Trust, Verizon, Facebook, and others. Note that wedo not cover programs that provide financial relief for individuals, such as the checks the government is going to cut to most tax-paying citizens, and the expanded unemployment assistance that will be offered, as we will cover the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program in an upcoming podcast. Helpful Links Mentioned: List of Loans and Grants aggregated by Oregon Tilth Small Business AdministrationCorona Relief Options The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get informa...

--APR 15
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Episode 20: Financial Relief for Farmers Inside and Outside of the CARES Act

Episode 19: P3 and EIDL Updates

Show Notes: In this episode, we share updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (P3) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) as of April 9th, 2020. You'll hear clarifications aboutaccounting for the seasonal pay of farm workers and considerations for reporting self-employment income to maximize your loan amout, as well as insights into whatportion of federal payroll taxes can and cannot be included in your P3 loan request. We wrap up on ahopeful note regarding the possibility of increased funds to the P3 pot of money, and the potential for expanding EIDL eligibilityto farmers (Update: Farmers/ranchers are eligible for EIDL as of April 24th, 2020). For the most up-to-date information on these programs, watch the tutorials below: Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Farmers/Ranchers Affected by COVID-19(4/29/2020) Paycheck Protection Program for Farmers/Ranchers Affected by COVID-19 (4/30/2020) Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related...

--APR 11
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Episode 19: P3 and EIDL Updates

Latest Episodes

Episode 28: Tips for Staring a Farm Business during COVID-19

Show Notes: Farming is tough, and starting a farm business during a global pandemic can be even tougher. In this episode, our staff member Taylor Coons shares key tips to help you start up your farm business with strong legal footing during this tumultuous time. We cover important conversations to have when leasing land and setting up your business structure, as well as insurance insights and what it means to have workers on your farm, legally speaking. Be sure to check out the resources we mention in the links below (hyperlinked on website only) to support youalong your start-up journey. Resource links: Farmers' Guide to Business Structures Managing the Sustainable Farm's Risks with Insurance: Nagivating Common Options Managing the Risks of Interns and Volunteers Farmers' Legal Memo on Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave Disclaimer:These resources are provided by Farm Commons foreducationalpurposes only and are not legal counseling. No attorney-client relationship is created, nor is there any offer to provide legal services by the distribution of these publications. Always consult an attorney before relying on the information in these resources.

--2 d ago
Comments
Episode 28: Tips for Staring a Farm Business during COVID-19

Episode 27: Racial Discrimination in Farm Law

Show Notes: Agriculture in the United States was established on, with, and by the system of slavery – being the enslavement of black people by white people. Since the first peoplefrom Africa arrived on U.S. shores in 1619 into the system of enslavement, the legacy of oppression, racism, and discrimination has been passed down from generation to generation. Today, we see this in many areas of agriculture, especially the law.In this episode, we take a hard look at discrimination in the legal areas of lending and farmland access --how it works, what’s been done about it, and share supporting resources in these areas of law for black, indigenous, and peopler of color farming communities. Resources Mentioned: Southern Rural Development Center (SRCD) SRDC Heirs’ Property presentation (YouTube video) Tuskegee University Heir Property (PowerPoint Presentation) Farming While Black by Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm Family Agriculture Resource Management Service (FARMS) Land Loss Preventio...

--JUL 2
Comments
Episode 27: Racial Discrimination in Farm Law

Episode 26: Starting a Farm Business During COVID-19 (Part Two)

Show Notes: This isspecial podcast episode which is the second of a two-part series onStarting a Farm Business During COVID-19. We hosted a webinar on this subject onMay 20th, 2020,and in this episode we’ll be sharing the second half of that presentation, coveringimportant legal considerations for managing the risk of injuries with insurance and unpacking important employment law considerations whengetting your farm business started. Tune into Episode 25for the first half of this presentation where we cover land leasing basics and business structure considerations for new farm businesses. Resources Mentioned: Managing the Sustainable Farm’s Risks with Insurance: Navigating Common Options Managing the Risks of Interns and Volunteers Families First Act/paid sick leave tutorial Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related programs to share with the farming community as quickly and accurately as possible. Please notethat things are rapidly shifting duringthis time and what was accurate info 2 days or 2 weeks ago may not be accurate tomorrow. As such, please look for our most recent updated information on all COVID-19 issues.

--MAY 29
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Episode 26: Starting a Farm Business During COVID-19 (Part Two)

Episode 25: Starting a Farm Business During COVID-19 (Part One)

Show Notes: This isspecial podcast episode which is the first of a two part series on Starting a Farm Business During COVID-19. We hosted a webinar on this subject onMay 20th, 2020,and in this episode we’ll be sharing the first half of that presentation, going over important legal considerations for land leasing and setting up a resilient business structurewhen getting your farm business started. Tune into Episode 26 for the second half this presentation where we cover essential insurance considerations and employment law insights for new farm businesses. Resources Mentioned: Farmers' Guide to Business Structures Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related programs to share with the farming community as quickly and accurately as possible. Please notethat things are rapidly shifting duringthis time and what was accurate info 2 days or 2 weeks ago may not be accurate tomorrow. As such, please look for our most recent updated information on all COVID-19 issues.

--MAY 29
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Episode 25: Starting a Farm Business During COVID-19 (Part One)

Episode 24: Farmers' Preview of the USDA Direct Payments Program

Show Notes: In this episode, you'll meet our new Staff Attorney Rich Lavigne as he and our Executive Director Rachel Armstrong discuss USDA's Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which opens for applications on Tuesday May 26th, 2020. We cover eligibility, paperwork preparation, compensation, timelines, and more. For more in-depth information on CFAP direct payments, especially for direct-to-consumer farmers, register for our upcoming webinar on Wednesday May 27th, 2020 at this link. Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related programs to share with the farming community as quickly and accurately as possible. Please notethat things are rapidly shifting duringthis time and what was accurate info 2 days or 2 weeks ago may not be accurate tomorrow. As such, please look for our most recent updated information on all COVID-19 issues.

--MAY 23
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Episode 24: Farmers' Preview of the USDA Direct Payments Program

Episode 23: Launching a CSA During COVID-19

Show Notes: In this episode, we share actionable legal tips for launching a legally resilient community supported agriculture (CSA) program during COVID-19 that lasts into the future. We cover the 4 big areas of legal risk (aka opportunity points!), being payment, proximity, procurement, and pick-up, and also unpack COVID transmission liability and what that means for farmers and ranchers. This episode provides follow up coverage of our 1-hour webinar on Launching a CSA During COVID-19 with the Law on Your Side. Helpful Resources: Building a Legally Resilient CSA Workbook CSA Member Agreement Workbook Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related programs to share with the farming community as quickly and accurately as possible. Please notethat things are rapidly shifting duringthis time and what was accurate info 2 days or 2 weeks ago may not be accurate tomorrow. As such, please look for our most recent updated information on all COVID-19 issues.

--MAY 19
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Episode 23: Launching a CSA During COVID-19

Episode 22: Farmers' Q+A on Unemployment Insurance

Show Notes: In this episode, our team answers farmers' questions from our April 13, 2020 webinar on Unemployment Insurance (UI) for Farmers and Ranchers Affected by COVID-19. If you're wondering... Will income losses from agritourism be covered by UI? Am I eligible for UI if I have limited income to report? Are UI benefits retroactive from application date, or do they begin after I apply? Should I add back depreciation to my lost income? I farm with my spouse - - how should we determine our income lossto apply for UIand how do we report our weekly status to our state employment commission? What's a scenario where someone would take UI over a Paycheck Protection Program loan? We've got answers for you on all these matters and more, so tune in! Helpful Links: Webinar recording of Unemployment Insurance for Farmers and Ranchers Affected by COVID-19 Episode 21 summary of unemployment insurance through PUA PUA Resources for Farmers and Ranchers (includes legal memo and state-by-state spr...

--APR 23
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Episode 22: Farmers' Q+A on Unemployment Insurance

Episode 21: Unemployment Insurance for Farmers Affected by COVID-19

Show Notes: In this episode, we discuss how self-employed farmers (non-W2 employees)are now eligible for unemployment insurance (UI)benefits through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program of the CARES Act. Farmers,you may be wonderinghow to calculate your lost income to report on the UI application, who to submit that application to, andhow much money you'll actually get from jumping thorugh all the paperwork hoops. Well, we've got helpful insights and guidance to help youmove forward confidently in pursuit of this financial relief, so tune in! Helpful Links: PUA Resources for Farmers and Rachers (includes a legal memo and state-by-state spreadsheet guide for applying) Webinar on Unemployment Insurance for Farmers and Ranchers Affected by COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related programs to share with the farming community as quickly and accurately as possible. Please notethat things are rapidly shifting durin...

--APR 22
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Episode 21: Unemployment Insurance for Farmers Affected by COVID-19

Episode 20: Financial Relief for Farmers Inside and Outside of the CARES Act

Show Notes: In this episode, Farm Commons Staff Attorney Sarah Vaile shares the menu of financial relief options farmers can pursue inside and outside of the CARES Act. We discussprograms that offer loans and grants for operating expenses for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan, as well as organizational pots of money available through American Farmland Trust, Verizon, Facebook, and others. Note that wedo not cover programs that provide financial relief for individuals, such as the checks the government is going to cut to most tax-paying citizens, and the expanded unemployment assistance that will be offered, as we will cover the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program in an upcoming podcast. Helpful Links Mentioned: List of Loans and Grants aggregated by Oregon Tilth Small Business AdministrationCorona Relief Options The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get informa...

--APR 15
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Episode 20: Financial Relief for Farmers Inside and Outside of the CARES Act

Episode 19: P3 and EIDL Updates

Show Notes: In this episode, we share updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (P3) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) as of April 9th, 2020. You'll hear clarifications aboutaccounting for the seasonal pay of farm workers and considerations for reporting self-employment income to maximize your loan amout, as well as insights into whatportion of federal payroll taxes can and cannot be included in your P3 loan request. We wrap up on ahopeful note regarding the possibility of increased funds to the P3 pot of money, and the potential for expanding EIDL eligibilityto farmers (Update: Farmers/ranchers are eligible for EIDL as of April 24th, 2020). For the most up-to-date information on these programs, watch the tutorials below: Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Farmers/Ranchers Affected by COVID-19(4/29/2020) Paycheck Protection Program for Farmers/Ranchers Affected by COVID-19 (4/30/2020) Disclaimer: We are working hard and fast to get information together about COVID-19 related...

--APR 11
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Episode 19: P3 and EIDL Updates
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