Farming remains one of North Dakota’s most profitable industries. Since everyone must eat, you know your goods will always be in demand. However, running a farm is not for the faint of heart as it takes lots of hard work to succeed in the farming industry.
Along with dedication and hard work, you must also attend to several legal requirements to operate your farm. Understanding these requirements and your options can make a big difference in whether your farm succeeds.
What steps should you take when starting a farm?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), drafting a business plan is the first of many steps involved in agriculture startups. Other critical steps to take include the following:
Choose a legal structure. Your business structure options typically include a limited liability company (LLC), a partnership, a corporation or a cooperative. You will benefit from learning more about the available structures to maximize your potential for success and to protect your finances.
Get the proper permits and licenses. Conduct research to determine what kind of permits and licenses you need to operate your farm. Remember to take federal licensing requirements into account as well as state requirements.
Explore your resources. Did you know that the USDA can help your farming business succeed? This federal organization offers much guidance for those looking to start a farm. Exploring these and other resources can improve your success in many cases.
You may also benefit from learning more about business law when starting a farm. Taking this additional step helps ensure that you remain in compliance with city, state and federal farming laws.
Most Fargo residents view farming as a passion more than as a line of work. What could be better than turning your passion for agriculture into a chance to succeed as a business?