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Monday February 17th, 2014 10:57 NC Department of Revenue Ruling Actually A Bigger Problem for Farmers?

There’s a new twist to the sales tax issue. It seems the new ruling by the North Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR)  just increased the complexity for farmers to qualify for the sales tax exemption on sales at farmers markets.

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Thursday February 13th, 2014 16:10 Update on N.C.G.S. 66-255

The good news is that we were heard (at least partially). The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) has decided that farmers that are exempt from paying sales tax don’t have to register and file reports or post the certificate under N.C.G.S. 66-255. While it is a minor victory for farmers in that they do not now have to fill out a little more paper work, the recent decision by NCDOR may actually make it harder for market managers. Market managers are now not only required to make sure that non-exempt vendors obtain and display the certificate, they must now also determine if a farmer is exempt from paying sales tax.

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Tuesday February 11th, 2014 16:25 New Sales Tax Laws Impact Farmers

There are two new sales tax laws in North Carolina that impact farmers.

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Monday February 10th, 2014 10:13 Meet Our Interns!

ASAP has seven new interns this spring! Those include an Operations intern, two Growing Minds Farm to School Program interns, two Local Food Campaign interns, a photography intern, and a communications intern. Interns are an integral part in keeping ASAP running smoothly. We are excited that this is one of the biggest intern groups that ASAP has had at one time. Without further ado, meet the interns!

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Wednesday January 29th, 2014 10:18 Guide to Compliance with N.C.G.S. § 66-255 For Farmers Market Managers and Vendors

Yesterday we wrote a post about the new N.C.G.S. § 66-255  legislation that, as it currently stands, will impact all North Carolina farmers markets and farmers market vendors. In keeping with our promise to give you more information as it becomes available, we have created a Guide to Compliance with N.C.G.S. § 66-255 For Farmers Market Managers and Vendors detailing the specific requirements farmers market vendors and farmers market managers are being asked to comply with.

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Monday January 27th, 2014 14:46 New NC Legislation (N.C.G.S. § 66-255) to Impact Farmers Markets

There is new legislation that has farmers and tailgate markets across North Carolina very concerned. Though there is very little information on the legislation at this point, ASAP is hearing from markets that they are already losing vendors and managers because they cannot or do not want to be responsible for this new regulatory burden. N.C.G.S. § 66-255 has the potential to create an insurmountable barrier for many new markets, it threatens the national leadership that North Carolina has shown in providing outlets for farmers to direct sell their products, and it undermines the great progress the state has made in expanding access to food insecure communities.

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Thursday January 16th, 2014 15:16 Growers & Buyers

Are you a farmer looking for new places to sell your products, or a buyer looking for more local food sources?  Molly Nicholie, ASAP’s Local Food Campaign director, gives us the scoop on how farmers and buyers can establish new relationships at the grower-buyer meetings held at our Business of Farming Conference on February 22. Register and learn more about the conference here.

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Friday January 10th, 2014 10:08 Reasons to Attend the 2014 Business of Farming Conference!

Our Business of Farming Conference is just around the corner on February 22! Spend a day learning new tools to grow your farm business, networking with other participants, and picking up helpful community resources.

Read more to find out reasons why you don’t want to miss this conference!

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Wednesday November 13th, 2013 10:01 *UPDATED* Reserve Your Bird NOW!

With Thanksgiving less than a month away, now’s the time to reserve your local, Appalachian Grown bird. Find a farmer to supply your feast—plus learn how their turkeys are raised, get prices, and more—with the following list. Keep in mind, farms often sell out, so order soon. You can visit the farms’ websites (linked) and/or contact them directly for more details and to order. Many farms are also at local tailgate markets and can provide additional info or register you there.

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Thursday August 22nd, 2013 16:03 Program Post: Data in Motion

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our Local Food Research Center shares how they bring their data to life—literally! Plus, they talk about how WNC’s agricultural landscape has changed over the last 40+ years.

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