This is a compilation of articles written by Rachel Armstrong, NYFC blog contributor, regarding farming, farm businesses, and the law. These articles are intended for background information only, not as recommendations for specific action.
You can find more resources at Rachel’s website, FarmCommons.org.
- Workers’ Comp Laws: They mean business.
- Answering the “Do I need workers’ comp insurance?” question on your own.
- Workers’ Comp: Protecting Employers and Employees
- Washington Takes its New Internship Law For a Spin
- Will Work For Food: Paying minimum wage with farm food and housing
- The Intern That Isn’t: Part 2
- The Intern That Isn’t: Federal law and farm internships
- Apprenticeships- The high price for low cost labor
- The Farmer’s Apprentice
Thank you for all that you do. I’ve used your site frequently over the past 8 years of farming. Now I work for a good farm in central Illinois but in my farming career I interned on farms for 4 years. For the most part I had good experience, but I met a lot of people who had some very strange experiences. Some farms are very good and some are not. A lot of times an intern may be farming for the first time and may not know what to expect. I appreciate the information you provide on your page about labor standards and programs, much of this was not available 3-4 years ago. There are some really good apprentice programs happening right now, however there are many farms that do not register, pay under the table, and some have questionable practices. Is there a platform where interns can share and compare questions, answers, and experiences?