In late 2015, we will be launching a new site, FarmLink, that will have a wide array of resources for beginning farmers and ranchers in Montana.  For now, you will find below a number of resources that have emerged from our Farm School events and others.  Looking for something you aren't finding here?  Feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  There's a good chance we'll be able to point you in the right direction.

 

Financing

This workshop was recorded and is available for your viewing online!  The video and a bunch more info on a slew of financing available for beginning and established farms and ranches are available in our new Farm Financing Guide!  Click here to view.

Accounting

  1. Click here for an end-of-the-year letter that our speaker, Wade Weber, put together for his clients.
  2. Click here for Tax Tips for Farmers from the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association.
  3. Click here for IRS Publication 225: Farmer's Tax Guide.

Employee and Intern Management

We're in the process of developing a list of best practices for keeping your employees and interns happy.  A few that came up at the workshop include:

  • Feed them well
  • Have fun and provide opportunities for recreation
  • Welcome them and engage them in your farm and in your family
  • Pay on time
  • Develop a solid agreement in advance of their arrival
  • Give them something to take ownership of, be it a bed of carrots or bringing in the sheep at night
  • Assign tasks that will give them a sense of accomplishment, i.e. design tasks so they can be accomplished within a reasonable and visible time frame
  • Give them a living space separate from your own (for your sake and theirs!)

In addition, here are links to a variety of resources developed by a range of partners.  For more on an array of legal issues, visit http://farmcommons.org/.

  • Farm Commons' Five Minute Guide to Workers and Employees (link)
  • Overview on Employment Regulations (doc)
  • More Info on Volunteers and Interns on Farms (doc)
  • Federal Fact Sheet on Agricultural Labor (pdf)
  • Federal Fact Sheet on Internships (pdf)
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