Program News

  1. 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

    Jun 24, 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.

  3. 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 OSU's presentations on farmland leases, LLCs, solar leases, small farm programs and measures of dairy farm competitiveness.  As a bonus, Craig Culver shared how he built Culver's restaurants and Karen Kelley explained how she turned a Wisconsin dairy farm into a creamery and ended up on Good Morning America.  Visit here for more on the conference.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  8. OSU Attends American Agricultural Law Conference

    Nov 5, 2018

    We've returned from the American Agricultural Law Association's annual conference, held October 25--27 in Portland, Oregon, where we gathered with hundreds of agricultural attorneys from around the country and learned about current legal issues for agriculture.  OSU's Peggy Kirk Hall also received AALA's Distinguished Service Award.  To learn more about the AALA, visit its website here.

  9. The Endangered Species Act and Agricultural Operations: Webinar

    Oct 29, 2018

    Endangered Species Act issues are plentiful these days, and potential impacts of ESA listings on agriculture are becoming more common.  The Trump Administration has proposed new rules that would impact how the ESA is implemented.  Join this free webinar from the National Agricultural Law Center on November 12 at Noon to learn more about the ESA, how it could impact agricultural operations, and the proposed rule changes.  To log into the live webinar or a recording of it, go to this link.

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    Evin Bachelor joins OSU's Farm Office

    Sep 27, 2018

    We're happy to welcome Evin Bachelor as a Law Fellow and Sr. Research Associate for the Farm Office's Agricultural & Resource Law Program.  Evin is a 2018 graduate of OSU's Moritz College of Law and also obtained his B.A. from OSU, majoring in History and Political Science.  Born and raised in Mercer County, Evin graduated from Celina High School in 2011.  His interests are in farm estate and transition planning, agricultural law and policy, and local government.  Watch for his contributions to the Farm Office in the coming year!