Regulations & Legal
Marketing Poultry Slaughtered Under USDA Exemption fact sheet
USDA inspection questions for small processors: Contact the FSIS Small Plant Help Desk by phone (and get a live person) or contact form.
PA Agritourism Law and considerations.
Animal Humane Laws for Farmers webinar slides
Custom processing: Rabbit & Poultry Slaughter & Processing regs
Egg & Small Producer Poultry regs
Food for Profit--working with PDA for food establishments (Penn State Extension article covering what types of farm food businesses need which licenses
Livestock Mortality in PA
Manure happens: If you produce or spread manure, you need a Manure Management Plan. Most landowners can complete MMPs themselves, but if you need assistance, contact your county Conservation District. Manure management plan workbook
Nurseries/selling plants: Licensing ($40 annually; state may inspect)
Selling Freezer Beef from Penn State Extension
Municipal: Your township may have ordinances regarding agricultural zoning, backyard poultry, set-backs, etc. If you have a local health department you may need to comply with local food safety/sales regulations. Ignorance of the regulations is not a defense.
Legal brief from PA Veteran Farming Conference 2023 by Robert Davidson, Esq.
Right to Farm act
AgFTAP.org portal: resources for farmers & ranchers, educators to understand and navigate the farm business tax and asset protection business decisions for their operations
Find Schedule F webinar and learn which conservation program funding is taxed here.
IRS Farmers Tax Guide