Understanding Taxes & Regulations

Where can I get help preparing my farm’s tax return?

If you’re looking for a CPA to prepare your tax return for you, try asking farmers in your area for recommendations, as well as contacting your local Cooperative Extension office. Someone in your network should be able to point you … Continue reading

What forms do I need to file to become a real farm?

In most instances, getting “official” recognition for your farm is as easy as filing a DBA (“Doing Business As”) form with your County Clerk’s office. The transaction usually costs around $25, and it serves to protect your farm name within … Continue reading

What types of insurance should I have?

Please read the Farm Risk Management and Farm Insurance fact sheets in the Guide to Farming in NY. Download article as PDF

What laws will affect me if I have an intern or hired help?

Hiring farm help is fairly straightforward, though it involves a lot of paperwork. Learn about the regulations in the Business Considerations section of the Guide to Farming in NY. Be very careful about how you set up internships. Internships can … Continue reading

What are the requirements for a Commercial Kitchen?

See the “Becoming a Small-Scale Food Processor” fact sheet from the Guide to Farming in NY. Download article as PDF

What marketing regulations do I need to comply with?

Most products have some kind of regulation attached to their sale, whether it’s wine or firewood or eggs, and it often varies depending on the market channel you choose. If you live in NY, the Guide to Farming in NY … Continue reading

What business structure should I choose?

How do you want to organize your business? Depending on how many people are involved in your operation and what your goals are, this question may take some time to answer. You need to talk to key individuals who are … Continue reading

How do I know when I’m a farmer?

There is no single answer to this question. “Farming” as opposed to “gardening” implies business involvement, so if you are actively producing food, fuel, fiber, fish, or forestry products, keeping business records on your income and expenses, and filing a … Continue reading

What are the tax benefits to farming?

Farmers are exempt from paying sales tax on purchases of supplies used in farming. Some farm buildings are wholly or partially exempt from property taxes and once a farm generates over $10,000 in sales, the land can also receive a … Continue reading

What’s involved in being Organically Certified?

Becoming Certified Organic production offers many advantages for small farmers including ecologically friendly production methods, strong consumer demand for organic products, and higher prices. If you have farm sales of more than $5,000/year you cannot legally label or sell your … Continue reading

Regulations, Taxes, and Insurance

This video is intended as an intro to the detailed information presented in the Guide to Farming in NY: What Every Ag Entrepreneur Needs to Know.

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