More than two years ago Sallee v. Stewart made headlines when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the state’s “recreational use statute” did not apply to a chaperone who was injured while supervising children playing in a barn. Recreational use statutes provide protection against negligence claims for landowners who open their land to the public. The case received a great deal of attention from farmers, insurance providers, educators, and the Iowa legislature.

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This presentation, Retail Agriculture: Bringing Our A Game to Local Foods, was given by Matt Russell at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference on January 29, 2015. The presentation discusses the opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned for… Continue reading

In its report of recommendations from September 2013, Michigan Food Policy Council made focusing on local food and agriculture a prime initiative. They noted the ability of local, healthy Michigan foods to not only help address serious health and wellness… Continue reading

Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo of New York signed legislation designed to help support the growth of the craft beer industry.


“The legislation is designed to support New York’s breweries and wineries, increase demand for locally grown farm products,… Continue reading

In a recent opinion, Shore v. Maple Lane Farms, the Tennessee court addressed the issue of agri-tourism in relation to the state’s Right to Farm law. The case involved a suit by a neighbor claiming that some of a… Continue reading

A new report by the United States Department of Agriculture explores the relationship between meat processors and farmers and the logistics that complicate production. On the one hand, farmers often have to travel hours to a processor as facilities… Continue reading’s new “Wholesale Success: A Farmers Guide to Food Safety, Postharvest Handling, Packing and Selling Produce” provides farmers an additional tool for entering the wholesale market.  Many involved in direct farm marketing can diversify their operations and income… Continue reading

A new report, issued by American Farmland Trust (AFT) and the University of Washington, provides insight into how to promote greater consumption of local goods in Western Washington. The findings reveal useful information for other parts of the country as well. Continue reading

A recent article in the Food Safety News, Should Farmers Market Vendors Carry Product Liability Insurance, examines the issue of products liability for farmers market vendors. An introduction is provided to products liability insurance and its distinctions from general liability insurance. Continue reading

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture released the following press statement on a Food Business Workshop for Food Entrepreneurs. View the agenda.

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