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There are many factors to consider before you start a new farm enterprise. Labor issues are often underemphasized in the decision-making processes of beginning farmers. It is important to consider who you will hire, where you will find help, how you will manage your employees, and what legal matters are relevant to your farm.
The purpose of this resource is to introduce you to these important labor issues as you begin planning our expanding your farm enterprise. The topics covered in this source are not all-inclusive and, after reading this tool, you should explore the topics applicable to you. This will help you make the best labor decisions for your farm. If you have any questions about labor issues or other farm start-up topics, bring them to your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office, or visit the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program website at: www.vabeginningfarmer.org.
Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, reprint, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.
Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
February 25, 2015