Managing for Success on Your Small Farm-Canton

Wednesday, October 23 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM [CST]

Van Zandt County Fairgrounds-Free State Building, 24780 TX-64, Canton, TX, 75103, United States

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Wednesday, October 23 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM [CST]

Build legal, financial, and business skills to strengthen your business.

Are you a small-scale farmer, rancher, or cottage food producer? Join the Council for Healthy Food Systems (the educational arm of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance) and Foodshed Investors for a day that will boost your business.

By learning about laws governing opportunities as diverse as produce, meat, dairy, eggs, value-added products, and agritourism, attendees can evaluate whether and how to diversify operations and diversify market risk.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (includes a working lunch), the focus will be on:

  • Federal and state laws governing small-scale agricultural activities, food production, and sales (including the Food Safety Modernization Act, cottage food laws, meat processing, and more).
  • Liability and insurance issues, including Whole Farm Revenue Protection and agritourism and product liability.
  • Business issues, including legal structure/entities.


The 2-5 p.m. Wednesday session is presented by Foodshed Investors and covers such topics as:

  • When and how to pursue outside capital.
  • Record-keeping and reporting.
  • Government and private funding sources for small farmers.

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Cancellation policy

Thanks to our funders, we are able to provide lunches for this event. Pleases help us prevent food waste by emailing if you must cancel your registration. Email Thank you!

Council for Healthy Food Systems

Council for Healthy Food Systems provides educational programs for consumers related to the benefits of local and regional food systems, not only for their own health but for the health of our planet. CHFS also offers educational programs to small-scale producers of local foods to assist them in strengthening their businesses.