Maria Bates Law PLLC provides legal and consulting services to agribusinesses at all phases of the food production cycle. We work with for profit businesses, benefit corporations, and nonprofit organizations. We even help individuals who dream of being a part of the food and farm industry bring their vision to fruition. Our food and farm legal services include general business startup and ongoing compliance, contracts, licensing, labeling, food safety, agricultural exemptions, family business related issues, and selling or transitioning the agribusiness. We also provide other wrap-around services from developing policies and procedures to training your key staff, operators, and directors. We enjoy being out in the field and offer on-site walk throughs to help teach our clients how to identify and address possible compliance and liability issues.
Maria was born in Alaska to homesteading parents, with much of her childhood spent in West Virginia. However, she spent her formative years in the city, so her experience as a farmer is still a work in progress. Maria started her Farmer Lawyer blog in 2017. Maria was always dreaming of having a farm. Well, in 2019 that dream became a reality as she closed on her 10-acre property and began the steps to build her farm. While Maria doesn't have the responsibility of being a farmer for income, she does have some of the labor of being one. She built her own (crooked) three-strand barbed wire fence with her kids, wrangled a few cows back into the pasture, and raised a variety of animals. Maria is in awe of the entire agricultural and food production system and those who keep it going. That said, her first job is as a lawyer, and as a food and farm lawyer, her job is to make sure our clients are protected and compliant with the local, state, and federal laws that impact their food and farm businesses.