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Online Farmer’s Classes

January 30, 2011

This is interesting, if not odd.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering ONLINE beginning farmer’s classes. While I’m not sure how much you can learn about farming from an online course, I also don’t live near Ithaca, so I’d never get take one of these anyway.

That “Starting a Small-Scale Vegetable Farm” looks really interesting. Wish I’d learned about it earlier since it started already.  But this class, “What Do I Need To Do to Start a Farm Business” seems right up my alley, if we were currently living in a house with any land, grr…

New farmers often ask “How does my enterprise officially become recognized as a farm?”  This question has many answers, all of which you’ll learn as a participant in this course.

This course is for: aspiring or beginning farmers seeking to learn about the commercial, legal and tax implications of farming.

Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, you will know how to

  • Describe how a farm is characterized by federal income tax, state income tax and sales tax law
  • Differentiate between local zoning laws and NYS agricultural district law
  • Apply using NYS forms for agricultural property tax exemptions for land and buildings used in your operation (if your farm meets certain criteria)
  • Evaluate various forms of business ownership and determine which will be best for you at this time
  • Identify rules and regulations (for marketing, food safety, facilities, etc) that are pertinent to the type of agricultural enterprise you plan to operate

All classes are $150 (unless otherwise indicated)

Definitely something for me to keep an eye on for next year!

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