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The Legal Structure Behind Local Food

(124 reviews)

Produced on May 05, 2015

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$ 59 Food, Beverage, & Agriculture In Stock

Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Food, Beverage, & Agriculture

Course Description

The food system is evolving and consumer demand for local food is growing. Entrepreneurs are capitalizing on America’s changing eating patterns, yet many of these business leaders fail to appreciate the complex and unexpected ways in which their businesses are regulated. This course is designed to help the general practitioner spot the common issues of importance to the typical food business. The material covers issues relating to federal laws like the Packers and Stockyards Act, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, as well as some basic commercial agreements that deal with these laws. This course is presented by Jason Foscolo, founding partner of Foscolo & Handel PLLC, a law firm dedicated to the unique needs of farming and food businesses. 


Learning Objectives:

I.    Gain a working knowledge of the federal regulations that impact a local food business

II.   Discuss the ways in which food and agricultural laws affect some common business models in the local food movement

III.  Develop the issue-spotting skills that will enable the general practitioner to identify legal and regulatory risks for food industry clients

IV.  Understand practical strategies for mitigating identified risks 


Jason Foscolo

Foscolo & Handel PLLC

Jason Foscolo has been a practicing attorney in the State of New York since 2002. He is now a partner at Foscolo & Handel PLLC, where he provides legal counsel to a rapidly growing client list of farmers and food entrepreneurs.


Jason served five years as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps. His time abroad gave him new insight and appreciation for the many different ways food can be produced, prepared, and enjoyed. After separating honorably from active duty in 2010, Jason pursued his passion for all-things edible by attending the University of Arkansas School of Law LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law, the only program of its kind in the United States.


Jason is inspired by the innovators with whom he works, and is committed to helping them do business better. He currently resides in Southampton, New York with his wife Lisa, and their omnivorous kiddos, Henry and Penelope.


Cari R.

nice job

Leah M.

good overview

Carol B.

Fabulous content and organization of materials!

Tom G.

Interesting information. I just picked up some small ranch clients and it was relevant to me.

Thomas H.

Excellent presentation.

Cheryl W.

Very interesting.

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