Legal Planning for Specialty Crop Producers

The Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law is hosting two ongoing webinar series: Legal Planning for Specialty Crop Producers and Understanding Agricultural Law.

Legal Planning for Specialty Crop Producers: Understanding Liability Protections, Regulatory Processes, and Other Legal Risks

A multi-part 2022 educational series to assist Pennsylvania specialty crop producers successfully augment wholesale sales revenue with income from direct sales, pick-your-own, value-added commodity processing, or agritourism, agritainment & educational activities. Penn State Law’s Center for Agricultural and Shale Law is conducting this educational series of workshops and webinars over the coming year about the prevention and planning necessary to best avoid contractual, tort, and regulatory liabilities in conducting income-augmenting activities.

Topic #4

Licensing and Regulatory Obligations in Selling Raw and Processed Specialty Crop Products

This topic will educate producers on the state laws and county/municipal ordinances that regulate the activity of producing and selling foods for human consumption, including health/food code licensing requirements for the storage, production and sale of food, sales tax licensing and collection, and other regulatory requirements that may apply in particular contexts, venues, or jurisdictions.

12:00pm – Wednesday, November 16, 2022 via Zoom

Topic #5

Municipal Law & Zoning for Agritourism / Agritainment, Specialty Crop Processing & Sales

This topic will provide producers an understanding of local municipal government requirements and procedure for permits and approvals that may be required for agritourism, agritainment, processing, and sales activities conducted in conjunction with the production of specialty crops.

12:00pm – Wednesday, November 30, 2022 via Zoom

Topic #6

Statutory Protections/Restrictions: Understanding PA’s Ag Area Security, Right-To-Farm, ACRE, and Clean & Green Laws for Specialty Crop Producers

This topic will instruct producers on how to understand the scope of, and potentially employ, the various statutory protections in Pennsylvania law for agricultural operations, and frequently also available in other jurisdictions. It will also examine business operation limitations that arise from voluntary enrollment in governmental benefit programs which seek to preserve agricultural uses of land.

12:00pm – Wednesday, December 14, 2022 via Zoom

To learn more, visit Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law

Understanding Agricultural Law

Penn State’s Center for Agricultural and Shale Law, partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Business Development Center, is presenting “Understanding Agricultural Law: A Legal Educational Series for General Practice Attorneys and Business Advisors Representing Agricultural and Rural Clients.” This webinar series is specifically tailored to creating subject matter literacy and competence on fundamental issues of agricultural law for attorneys, advisors, and service providers to agricultural producers and agri-businesses.

Understanding the Basics of Federal & State Conservation Programs 

Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, 12 noon, via Zoom.

Understanding the Basics of Licensing & Regulation of Direct Agricultural Product Sales 

Friday, Dec 16, 2022, 12 noon via Zoom.

Understanding the Basics of Agricultural Finance

Friday, Jan. 27, 2022, 12 noon via Zoom.