Program News

  1. New law bulletin series focuses on farm financial agreements

    Oct 14, 2019

    The Financing the Farm law bulletin series provides new and beginning farmers with an overview of the most commonly used documents in agricultural finance. Each law bulletin covers a different type of financial agreement, and explains basic terminology, fundamental legal requirements, and how the arrangement is used in farming operations.

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    Legal or not? New law bulletin addresses growing industrial hemp in Ohio

    Sep 6, 2019

    There's a lot of buzz these days about growing hemp as an agricultural crop, but it's not yet legal to do so in Ohio.  We've written a new law bulletin to explain the status of federal and state laws on hemp.  Read the law bulletin here, and be sure to follow the Ohio Ag Law Blog to learn when it will be legal to begin growing and processing hemp in Ohio.

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    Trying to understand youth labor laws for farms? We can help!

    Aug 26, 2019

    Our newest Law Bulletin tackles a tricky topic:  labor laws that apply to youth working on farms.  Make sure you know the rules, which we explain in Youth Labor on the Farm:  Laws Farmers Need to Know, available here.

  4. Check out our new Farmland Owner's Guide to Solar Leasing

    Aug 14, 2019

    Large scale solar development is on the rise and so is solar leasing.  With support from USDA and the National Agricultural Law Center, we've written a guide to help farmland owners decide if leasing farmland for solar energy is a good decision for the farm and family.  Check out the guide here, and go here for our solar leasing checklist.

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    Keeping up with state cottage food laws

    Jul 7, 2019

    Cottage food production is a hot industry, so we've compiled all of the state "cottage food" laws that allow people to make certain low-risk foods in their homes with minimal regulatory requirements.  Find the compilation on the website of our partner, the National Agricultural Law Center, here.   The National Agriculture Library at USDA funded this research.

  6. Taking care of business: OSU at National Farm Business Conference

    Jun 17, 2019

    OSU's Farm Office took a road trip to the National Farm Business Conference in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to learn more about hot topics in farm management, including our own presentations on farmland leases, LLCs, solar leases, small farm programs and measures of dairy farm competitiveness.  The group heard Craig Culver share how he built Culver's restaurants and Karen Kelley tell how she turned a Wisconsin dairy  into a creamery and ended up on Good Morning America.  Visit here for more on the conference.

  7. New report describes state laws on agricultural nutrients

    May 17, 2019

    In our latest report, we examine laws and regulations across the country to identify what states are doing about the impact of agricultural nutrients on water quality.   Read the report here.  We've also created a compilation of each state's mandatory agricultural nutrient laws on the National Agricultural Law Center's website, here.  The report was conducted in collaboration

  8. When must vendors collect sales tax at the Farmers Market?

    Apr 9, 2019

    With the farmers market season kicking off across Ohio, our latest law bulletin answers a common question we hear about when to collect sales tax on farmers market items.  See our new Vendor’s Licenses and Sales Taxes at Ohio Farmers Markets law bulletin for an explanation of which items require sales tax and how to obtain a vendor's license.  The bulletin is here.

  9. New law bulletin explains legal defenses for agricultural production activities

    Feb 24, 2019

    We've released our latest law bulletin on Laws that Provide Legal Defenses for Agricultural Production Activities.  The bulletin explains laws that can apply to private civil actions filed against farmers for impacts from agricultural production.  Read the bulletin here.

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    Hall Receives AALA Distinguished Service Award

    Dec 6, 2018

    Peggy Kirk Hall, an associate professor in the College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Agricultural Law Association on Oct. 26 during the association’s annual conference in Portland, Oregon.

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