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Farm law workshops offered

News from Community Food and Agriculture Coalition

MISSOULA — Local farmers will learn to protect and grow their enterprises and understand the law through Sustainable Farm Law for Beginning and Advanced Farmers workshops on Feb. 24 and 25 in Missoula. Sustainable Farm Law workshops help build knowledge interactively, informatively, and in a way that empowers farmers.

The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition and Farm Commons will host the workshops at Missoula College.

Sustainable Farm Law workshops aren’t a set of boring lectures filled with legal lingo. Each workshop is team taught by Farm Commons’ legal educator Matt Stannard. Montana farmer Todd Ulizio will co-present this year. 

“Don’t give up on or skip over what you want to do on your farm because you don’t know or don’t have the knowledge,” said one 2017 Farm Law 101 participant. “There are resources out there available to you like Farm Law 101 and people who genuinely want to help you succeed.”

Sustainable Farm Law 101 on February 24 will cover legal aspects of land lease and purchase, sales contracts, insurance, employment law, food safety, farm events, and value added production.

Advanced Farm Law on Feb. 25 will take an in-depth look at managing farm risks with insurance and employment law issues. The instructor will decipher common insurance clauses and language, and participants will share specific situations they have encountered, and share solutions in a roundtable discussion.

Each workshop costs $40 and includes light breakfast and lunch. Registration for both workshops is $70. For more information and to register, farmers can visit the Sustainable Farm Law Workshops event page at

By advocating for policies that keep agricultural land in the hands of farmers and ranchers, supporting new and existing farming and ranching operations, and ensuring equal access to healthy, local food, CFAC aims to grow our important local food economy. To learn more about CFAC and its work, visit or email

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