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The USDA Custom Average Tool (CAT) determines average prices for any commodity available in Shipping Point (Point of Production-to-Wholesale), Terminal Market (Wholesale-to-Retail), and Retail Market (Major Retail) reports. CAT provides the flexibility to narrow the average price selection down to a very granular range or by broadening the average price range. This tool empowers users with the capability to determine what price averages are most meaningful to their applications.

Sales Tax

  • Understanding Sales Tax for Farm Products:  In Georgia, food is exempt from the state tax rate while the local jurisdictions levy sales tax on them.   Eligible food items are defined as any food or food product for home consumption, or seeds and plants for use in gardens to produce food.  The local counties and cities implement additional sales taxes that may vary from 1 percent to 3 percent.  A 1% municipal tax is added to the county tax rate if your sales occur in the City of Atlanta. Farms need to register for a “Sales and Use” number through the Georgia Department of Revenue.  The form to report Sales and Use Tax Report Form is ST-3—click here to download.  Click here to find county sales tax rates.
  • GATE: The Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption program (GATE) is an agricultural sales and use tax exemption certificate issued by the Department of Agriculture that identifies its user as a qualified farmer or agricultural producer. The Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption (GATE) is a new program created by Georgia House Bill 386, which offers qualified agriculture producers a sales tax exemption on agricultural equipment and production inputs. The program replaced the Agricultural Certification of Exemption (ST-A1) form, effective January 1, 2013.

Insurance

  • Clenney Insurance of Blakely, Inc. is an independent insurance agency specializing in farm and commercial agriculture insurance. CIB is licensed in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.
  • Campbell Risk Management has an insurance program designed for farmers marketing products off the farm.  The Farmers Market Vendor Liability Insurance policy covers all products sold at farmers markets, and upon request, they can also write a policy that would cover products sold to any outlet.
  • Primer on Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance: This publication provides an overview of a novel crop insurance product called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP). This policy provides revenue protection for all crop and livestock products produced by a farm or ranch. WFRP is the first crop insurance policy that can be purchased everywhere in the United States.
  • Primer on Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance: Updates for 2018. This publication provides an overview of a novel crop insurance product called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP). This policy provides revenue protection for all crop and livestock products produced by a farm or ranch. WFRP is the first crop insurance policy that can be purchased everywhere in the United States.
  • Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic Farmers. This publication reviews federally subsidized crop insurance, with special attention to options available to specialty, diversified, and organic farmers. This publication gives several examples of using alternative crop-insurance policies that can offer some degree of protection from significant market-price changes and the multiple perils of farming that can impact yield. It gives special attention to understanding whole-farm revenue insurance options, which may be of particular interest to growers of diverse specialty and organic crops and livestock.
  • Managing the Sustainable Farm’s Risks with Insurance: Navigating Common Options. In this guide, we are using an extreme weather event as our starting point to talk about a number of unfortunate incidents. In reality, all of the situations that we will discuss are common risks that can occur any time on a farm. Injuries to employees or guests and property damage can financially flatten a farm as quickly as a natural disaster. But, there are ways to be prepared so that if or when disaster strikes, whether it’s a storm or an injury to yourself or your customers, it’s not the end of your business.

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