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State Statutes

Connecticut

Connecticut State Statutes
Created By: the Connecticut State Legislature
Description:
This website contains all state statutes for Connecticut.  Of particular interest to those seeking to sell, rent or purchase farmland are Title 22 – Agriculture and Domestic Animals, Title 25 – Water Resources, Flood and Erosion Control, Title 33 – Corporations and Title 34 dealing with partnerships.  Land and land title law can be found in Title 47 and landlord tenant law can be found in Title 47a.


Maine

Maine State Statutes
Created By: the Maine State Legislature
Description:
Users can access any state statutes by clicking on the various links.  New and veteran farmers may be interested in Title 7 (Agriculture and Animals), Title 7A (Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry) and Title 33 (Property), in addition to other laws.


Massachusetts

General Laws for Massachusetts Agriculture
Created By: The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Description:
This website provides users with a directory for where to seek out the state statutes governing agricultural policy.  There are also resources for new and veteran farmers on issues such as how to access land, farm business planning, financing options for beginning a farm, information on taxes and crop insurance and regulations concerning water and pesticide use.  


Massachusetts State Legislature Statutes
Created By: the Massachusetts State Legislature
Description:
This website allows users to access any of Massachusetts’s state statutes.  The site is keyword searchable.  Part I, Title IX, Chapter 61a concerns the tax assessment of agricultural and horticulture lands.  Title XIX concerns agriculture and conservation.  


National

National Agricultural Law Center
Created By: National Agricultural Law Center
Description:
The National Agricultural Law Center’s website allows users to search by topic and provides resources on agricultural leases, financing and credit, estate planning and taxation and landowner liability, in addition to providing links to applicable state and federal laws pertinent to these topics. 


New England

A Legal Guide to the Business of Farming in Vermont
Created By: Debra Heleba, Northeast Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education, and the USDA Risk Management Agency
Description:
This guide consists of nine chapters, addressing: the legal structure of the farm business, farm transfer and estate planning, farmland tenure and leasing and regulation of agriculture and land use, including farm labor, organic agriculture, and on-farm food processing and marketing. 


General Laws for Massachusetts Agriculture
Created By: The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Description:
This website provides users with a directory for where to seek out the state statutes governing agricultural policy.  There are also resources for new and veteran farmers on issues such as how to access land, farm business planning, financing options for beginning a farm, information on taxes and crop insurance and regulations concerning water and pesticide use.  


Massachusetts State Legislature Statutes
Created By: the Massachusetts State Legislature
Description:
This website allows users to access any of Massachusetts’s state statutes.  The site is keyword searchable.  Part I, Title IX, Chapter 61a concerns the tax assessment of agricultural and horticulture lands.  Title XIX concerns agriculture and conservation.  


National Agricultural Law Center
Created By: National Agricultural Law Center
Description:
The National Agricultural Law Center’s website allows users to search by topic and provides resources on agricultural leases, financing and credit, estate planning and taxation and landowner liability, in addition to providing links to applicable state and federal laws pertinent to these topics. 


New Hampshire Agricultural and Incentive Zoning
Created By: the State of New Hampshire
Description:
This document explains New Hampshire’s state statures governing the agricultural use of land and discusses how to create and advocate for an agricultural incentive zoning ordinance to preserve farmland. 


New Hampshire State Statutes
Created By: the New Hampshire State Legislature
Description:
This page contains links to all of New Hampshire’s state statutes.  Title XIV contains information on milk and milk products, while Title XL contains the law regarding agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry. 


Rhode Island State Statutes
Created By: the Rhode Island State Legislature
Description:
This site contains all of Rhode Island’s statutes.  Title II deals with agriculture and forestry, while Title IV deals with animals and animal husbandry.  If farmers are starting a new business, Title VII will also be helpful, as it sets forth the law on corporations, associations and partnerships.  


Vermont State Statutes
Created By: the Vermont State Legislature
Description:
This page contains an electronic version of the state statutes of Vermont.  Users can search through the code with search terms or by title.  Farmers will likely be interested in Title 6 (Agriculture), Title 10 (Conservation and Development) and Title 11 (Corporations, Partnerships, and Associations). 


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Agricultural and Incentive Zoning
Created By: the State of New Hampshire
Description:
This document explains New Hampshire’s state statures governing the agricultural use of land and discusses how to create and advocate for an agricultural incentive zoning ordinance to preserve farmland. 


New Hampshire State Statutes
Created By: the New Hampshire State Legislature
Description:
This page contains links to all of New Hampshire’s state statutes.  Title XIV contains information on milk and milk products, while Title XL contains the law regarding agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry. 


Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Statutes
Created By: the Rhode Island State Legislature
Description:
This site contains all of Rhode Island’s statutes.  Title II deals with agriculture and forestry, while Title IV deals with animals and animal husbandry.  If farmers are starting a new business, Title VII will also be helpful, as it sets forth the law on corporations, associations and partnerships.  


Vermont

A Legal Guide to the Business of Farming in Vermont
Created By: Debra Heleba, Northeast Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education, and the USDA Risk Management Agency
Description:
This guide consists of nine chapters, addressing: the legal structure of the farm business, farm transfer and estate planning, farmland tenure and leasing and regulation of agriculture and land use, including farm labor, organic agriculture, and on-farm food processing and marketing. 


Vermont State Statutes
Created By: the Vermont State Legislature
Description:
This page contains an electronic version of the state statutes of Vermont.  Users can search through the code with search terms or by title.  Farmers will likely be interested in Title 6 (Agriculture), Title 10 (Conservation and Development) and Title 11 (Corporations, Partnerships, and Associations). 


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