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Ag Law & You


The Alabama Farmers Federation is proud to offer you a newly-revised electronic version of Ag Law and You. Previous editions proved invaluable as reference tools for farmers. The agriculture law book was developed in response to farmers' requests for updated information on agricultural law. Please note that Ag Law and You is not comprehensive but is intended as a guide to agricultural law at the state level.

Willis McKee researched and compiled this electronic version of Ag Law and Youwhile serving as an intern with the Federation's Department of Governmental and Agricultural Programs. We hope the addition of new information, charts and hyperlinks will make this an even better reference for answers to legal questions you may encounter on your farms.

We also join the farmers of Alabama in expressing appreciation to state agencies that provided assistance in developing the agriculture law book including the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Office of Water Resources (Alabama Department of Economics & Community Affairs), Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Alabama Department of Labor, Alabama Department of Public Safety and Alabama Department of Revenue.

We hope Ag Law and You can serve as an educational tool to help farmers and others in the agricultural community comply with state law.

Jimmy Parnell, President
Alabama Farmers Federation 

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Agricultural Labor


Chapter Two: Animal Liability


Chapter Three: Environmental Law


Chapter Four: Estate Planning


Chapter Five: Licenses and Sales Taxes for Sale of Farm Products


Chapter Six: Operation of Vehicles and Equipment


Chapter Seven: Property


Chapter Eight: Hunting and Wildlife



Click here to download a PDF version of Ag Law & You, Third Edition

Important Notice

This handbook is intended to provide accurate and authoritative information with regard to the various subject matters covered in it. It is being provided by the Alabama Farmers Federation with the understanding that neither the Federation nor any of the persons involved in the preparation of this handbook is hereby engaged in rendering legal, tax, accounting, or other professional services. If legal advice or other professional assistance is required, the services of your attorney should be sought.

At various points in this handbook, references and citations are made to statutes, regulations, and governmental publications. All quotations of and references to these materials are believed to be current and reliable as of the date of publication, but these materials are also subject to change at any time. No responsibility is assumed for editorial or clerical errors. Updated information concerning statutes and regulations can be obtained at a number of public websites and resources in addition to those available at public libraries. Excellent basic sources for Alabama laws include Alabama.govAlabama Legislative Information System and Office of the Alabama Attorney General. A huge collection of links to legal materials of all types for all states, including Alabama, is contained inFindLaw.

July 2005

Ag Law and You: Frequently Asked Questions

At the annual meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation in Mobile in December 1999, the membership approved the following resolution: "It is recommended that we publish a handbook to help farmers stay abreast of current laws and regulations..but not be limited to requirements for operating 'slow moving vehicles'...a brief summary of livestock laws...regulations for hauling oversized loads..child labor pertaining to farmers." This publication is an outgrowth of that resolution.

It was ultimately decided that the best way to proceed was to develop an index of topics to be addressed; this would form the basis of the handbook. In addition, a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) would be ascertained and the answers to the FAQs would be developed. Toward this end, the leadership of the Alabama Farmers Federation was surveyed. Recipients of the questionnaires were asked to select the agricultural law topics of greatest interest to them and to list the legal questions that come up most often in the day-to-day operation of their farms.

Five hundred thirty-nine leaders responded to the questionnaire. The major topics resulting from the questionnaire were as follows: agricultural labor, animal liability, contracts, environmental law, estate planning, licenses and sales taxes for sale of farm products, operation of vehicles and equipment, and property. All the questions were grouped into one of the above eight categories. Responses to these FAQs are contained within this handbook.