Farm Business Planning
- SARE: Building A Sustainable Business
- ATTRA: Enterprise Budgets and Production Costs for Organic Production
- Business Plan Template
- Exemptions for Products You Sell: In Georgia, food is exempt from the state tax rate while the local jurisdictions levy sales tax on them. Eligible food items 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 tax 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 will replace the Agricultural Certification of Exemption (ST-A1) form, effective January 1, 2013.
- 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 from speaking with them, they can write a policy for not much more money that would cover products sold to any outlet.
- Agricultural Employers Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This fact sheet provides general information concerning the application of the FLSA to agricultural employment. The FLSA is the federal law which sets minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, and child labor standards.
- Farm Commons works directly with farmers to help them meet their goals, and has lots of resources for growers looking to hire staff or interns.
- Video: Learning about lease arrangements with Bobby Jones of Babe + Sage Farm.
- Finding Land to Farm
- Own, loan or lease: the Waterpenny Farm Example
- A Landowner’s Guide to Leasing Land for Farming
- Farm Land Lease Considerations
- Farm Lease Sample
- Meat and Poultry Labeling Terms and Standards. Determined by the USDA and what is needed to claim them through your processor.
- How to Direct Market Your Beef: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
- Beef & Pork Whole Animal Buying Guide: Iowa State University
- Meat Yield, Quality and Cuts: Presentation by Clay Talton, Elbert County Cooperative Extension at the 2011 Georgia Organics Conference. One of the highest rated sessions at the conference.
Selling to Schools
Are you interested in selling to schools? Contact the School Nutrition Director(s) for the county(s) in which you have interest. Contact information for Nutrition Directors and Department of Education support staff can be found here.