Market Legal Issues & Regulations2017-12-31T18:36:48+00:00

Market Legal Issues & Regulations

Free Speech at Farmers Markets

Many farmers markets face questions about free speech—in particular, what types of restrictions markets can place on activities like leafleting, political campaigning, and protesting. What rules can a market make regarding speech?   A new factsheet from Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School breaks down this [...]

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION & VENDOR LIABILITY FOR FARMERS’ MARKET OWNERS AND OPERATORS

01/16/2012 by Scott DeNoon, Jesse Richardson, & Martha Walker The popularity of farmers’ markets has increased significantly over the past decade as consumers take a greater interest in the various foods that end up on their dinner tables. These markets are located in various venues (entirely outdoors, completely indoors, combination [...]

LEGAL LIABILITY IN AGRITOURISM AND DIRECT MARKETING OPERATIONS

by Jesse J. Richardson Jr., Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Legal liability (or "liability" when used in this booklet) means responsibility under the law for your acts or omissions. Traditional agriculture involves producing crops, raising livestock, and, perhaps, selling products raised on the farm at roadside stands. When agriculture followed the [...]

HOW MUCH LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGE SHOULD I HAVE?

12/01/2012 by Jesse Richardson, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech In short, the answer is “it depends.” The consensus of professionals in the field is that any type of farm, agritourism or direct marketing operation should have at least $1 million in coverage. That amount of coverage will suffice for the vast majority [...]

CONDUCTING THE LIABILITY ASSESSMENT

01/16/2012 by Jesse Richardson, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech The best way to minimize legal liability is to constantly monitor the conditions of your operation to ensure that the operation is safe. A liability assessment is an important part of this monitoring program. A liability assessment systematically reviews the operation to [...]

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