Completed Project Report


Reducing Legal Risks Through On-line Education

  • Award Amount: $49,841
  • Regional Center: Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2018 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Seth Wilner
  • Email: seth.wilner@unh.edu
  • Organization: University of New Hampshire

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Project Overview

This project helped 165 beginner and mid-career farmers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, and Delaware reduce their legal risks by building knowledge in employment law, business structures, food safety regulations, leases, contracts, sales agreements, value added, and agritourism laws, and develop compliance or mitigation strategies.    

Educational resources were developed and housed on the national eXtesnion website. eXtesnion has a Moodle platform that allowed educational resources developed for this project to be uploaded and housed.  These resources included narrated, interactive PowerPoint presentations, guides to help participants absorb, process and apply relevant information for their farms, as well as other relevant resources participants downloaded or printed. State specific information was developed for each topic.

Participants worked through these self-paced, interactive, videos, presentations, and exercises and then engaged in four weekly 60 minute web-based learning sessions.  These sessions featured activities to process the materials, as well as time ask questions of agricultural lawyers.
Participating farmers increased their knowledge in farm employment laws, observing local and state zoning regulations, selecting or modifying business structures to limit risk, and creating effective contracts, leases and sales agreements.

The course was made public after the educational program concluded, thus accessible to anyone nationwide at https://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=1632.

Number of Participants: 381

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