Legal & Food Policy Resources

National & State Resources

A Legal Guide to the Business of Farming in Vermont
Published in 2006, this guide addresses the legal structure of the farm business, farm transfers and estate planning, farmland tenure and leasing, land use regulation, and farm labor, among other topics.

Guide to Farming in NY
This guide is intended to answer questions about farming in New York and is updated annually to address topics in law, regulations, taxes, zoning, and business planning.

Drake Law School – Agricultural Law Center
Various resources on how the legal system impacts the food system and agricultural sector can be found on the Agricultural Law Center’s website, including The Legal Guide For Direct Farm Marketing.

Harvard Law School – Food Law and Policy Clinic
The Food Law and Policy Clinic is part of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and was founded to address questions about the laws and policies that shape the food system in the United States.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention conducts research focused on local foods and sustainable agriculture.

American Planning Association Policy Guide on Community and Regional Food Planning
A guide for urban planners to help build sustainable local and regional food systems.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Legal Guide for Wisconsin Farmers

The National Agricultural Law Center
A source of information about agriculture and food law throughout the nation, including compilations by state and numerous research publications conducted by the Center.

Virginia Resources

Virginia Foundation for Agriculture Innovation & Rural Sustainability (Virginia FAIRS) Virginia Business Legal Structure

Virginia Cooperative Extension Taxes, Labor & Law Publications and Educational Resources

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Going to Market Guide to Selling Goods at Farmers’ Markets