Authored by Neil Hamilton, Director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University, the Second Edition of The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing covers everything from licenses and inspections to zoning and buying clubs.

The original Guide was published in 1999 and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program.

This online second edition provides updates and expands the scope of the Guide to match the growth in demand for local farm products and the increasing variety of methods for selling directly to consumers. It is supported by financial support from USDA Risk Management Agency.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Direct Farm Marketing and the Law
Chapter 2: How Law Relates to Direct Farm Marketing
Chapter 3: An Introduction to the Common Forms of Direct Farm Marketing
Chapter 4: Farmer’s Markets
Chapter 5: Organizing and Operating a Direct Farm Marketing Business
Chapter 6: Contracts, Food Stamps, and Getting Paid
Chapter 7: Marketing Your Products
Chapter 8: Land Use and Property Law
Chapter 9: Labor and Employment
Chapter 10: Insurance and Liability
Chapter 11: Marketing High Value Products and Processed Foods
Chapter 12: Marketing Meat, Poultry, Eggs and Dairy Products