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Counseling the Local Food Movement in New York (Part 1)

(307 reviews)

Produced on October 24, 2013

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$ 89 Insurance, Business, Corporate, & Securities, Law Practice Management, Science & Technology, Life Sciences, and Food, Beverage, & Agriculture In Stock

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Course Description

This program aims to give an overview of laws affecting the local food movement in New York. Among the topics to be covered by agriculture attorney, Cari Rincker are: Direct marketing, covering issues pertaining to farmers’ markets, roadside stands and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s); Home-based food processing (i.e., cottage food operations); Product liability; insurance; and Food Safety Modernization Act exemptions. Upon completion of this course, viewing attorney will possess a greater understanding of the myriad of legal issues affecting the local food movement. This is the first course in a two-part series.

Learning Objectives:

I.     Navigate regulatory framework affecting U.S.. and New York food and agriculture

II.    Recognize legal issues of direct farm marketing and current mechanisms

III.   Identify legal issues for various direct farm marketing methods such as:

  • Farmers’ markets
  • CSA Agreements
  • Land use
  • Zoning concerns

IV.    Manage exemptions for cottage food operations and the law in New York for these businesses

VIII.  Decipher laws affecting NY on-farm poultry slaughter including:

  • The 1000 Bird Exemption
  • Article 5-A licenses

IX.    Read and apply the National Organic Program and its application procedures


Cari Rincker

Rincker Law, PLLC

 Cari Rincker is the owner of Rincker Law, PLLC, a national general practice law firm concentrating in food and agriculture law. She is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Washington D.C. She is currently the Chair of the American Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division’s Agriculture Law Committee and serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Agriculture & Rural Issues Committee. She is a prolific writer and blogger on a myriad of food and agriculture law topics and has been recognized as an author of a Top 100 Blawg from the American Bar Association. She recently co-authored a book with Pat Dillon titled “Field Manual: Legal Guide for New York Farmers & Food Entrepreneurs.”

Cari’s passion for agriculture issues is deeply rooted. She grew up on a seedstock Simmental cattle operation in Shelbyville, Illinois where she spent significant time working on her family’s farm. Cari went on to receive her Associate in Agriculture Science from Lake Land College and Bachelors of Science from Texas A & M University, where she had a successful career livestock judging at the collegiate level. Afterwards, Cari went back home to the University of Illinois to complete her Masters of Science in Ruminant Nutrition. Due to her passion for agriculture law and policy, Cari decided to complete her Juris Doctor from Pace University, School of Law, in White Plains, New York. At Pace, Cari completed certificates in both Environmental Law and International Law.

Cari continues to have her boots planted firmly in agriculture –she enjoys judging livestock shows around the country and is the co-owner of Rincker Cattle Co., a SimAngus operation in Shelbyville, Illinois. She is the Past-President and Founding Member of New York Agri-Women, a Director for the New York Simmental Association, and Past-Secretary of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Young Producers' Council. Cari is a recognized leader in the agriculture industry and the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Early Career Award from Texas A & M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from Lake Land College, the 2010 Vision Award from American Agri-Women and has been twice selected by the livestock industry as the “Best Agriculture Lawyer” in the Best of the Barns Competition.


Monica R. L.

very comprehensive.

Kathleen R.

Very well presented. Well spoken and engaging presenter. Very knowledgeable. Great handouts.

Lourdes C.

Highly recommend. Very informative

Robert B.

Great job Cari! Looking forward to part II!

Fiona D.

very informative

James V.

This was impressive. Even though it was NY-focused, it covered a number of other states' laws. The written materials were extensive and helpful.

Andrew W.

Very qualified to speak on the subject and a tremendous amount of information even for non-lawyers who are generally interested in the subject. Many people I know are interested in local products and related subjects and this goes to many general discussions I have heard and had. Nicely done.

Allen B.

First part was useful for both lawyers counseling farmers market participants and for farmers market participants. Presentation picked up with discussion of New York cottage-food laws and regulations.

Bridget C.

Helpful lecture.

Patrick J.


Bevin B.

She was great, more programs by her please!

Sheryl M.

I appreciate the written materials.

David E. S.

Nicely done, engaging speaker

Tonja J.

Great seminar going above and beyond in regards to the NY Food Movement with tips on how to start a practice with clients in this industry.

Ruth R.

Attorney Rincker makes an excellent presentation and very well put together.

Joanna R.

great course!

Karl O.

Covers a lot of ground.

Ashley A.

Cari is great!!!

amy l.

great topic!

Noah P.

This is one of the best CLE classes i have taken.

thomas m.

Very important topic -

Tamara K.

interesting course

Savonala H.

She has good command of the subject matter and she is authentic..owning a farm.

Hwesu M.

Very nice program.

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