So if someone (even a hobbyist) grows plants in their tanks and sells them for profit, does that mean they need a permit?
If you count your time and expenses then NO WAY! its a profit.
OK, here's the skinny for MY STATE. (second time posting this.) Researched it trying to hobby farm.
The laws SUCK! and doesn't see any difference between 2 tanks in our living room and 200 acres of open ponds.
Current rules/laws this year are posted in my reply to this.
Selling/trading plants and in house raised fish I've broken even on food costs for the year is my best return to date. 1/2 of what leaves my house goes for free though LOL. I've given away a ton of plants, over 100 baby angels locally and 35 LFABN for the cost of shipping. Pay it forward kinda.
Selling for profit requires a License (or two) for fish alone and you don't even want to know whats involved to legally produce and sell plants including annual inspection of the 'facilities'. OMG! started to and ran like hell after looking.
"The Division of Plant Industry requires the registration of all nurseries (as well as nursery stock dealers, agents, and plant brokers) and conducts inspections of nursery stock several times each year. Inspections of plants in nurseries substantially increases the probability of intercepting or detecting a serious pest before it becomes established or widely distributed."
Hobby farming is impossible anymore.
Plants are out of the question for me after looking into it.
Proper documentation in my state requires $140.00 in annual license fees each year. (same aqua ag) If I sell an average of 6 pleco per shipment. Add shipping expense to the overall price, food, equipment, maintenance time. Just to break even on out the door its going to take a bunch to show "profit" above pennies in house.
Store credit is a win/win small time.
Our community is the United States. State laws on Aqua Ag follow federal guidelines. No way to grow plants for cash transactions / profit (imo) without acres of grow farm as the same legal blah, blah applies to our tank raised portions. Each species has to be pre-approved and sold quantities reported quarterly. I gave up on plants regarding sales. SnS and the kindly pass along to my LFS for credit or good will but no receipt thank you for me.
Fish can be imported and sold fairly cheaply being 'legal' transactions.
Breeding is another mess. The minute aquatic life is 'created' in your 'facility' Aqua culture laws/licenses apply. Same as a fish farm to the Gov. open pond or tank in your living room.
My current loop holes :biggrin:. (I hope that I continue to smile)
As long as I don't receive more than $500.00 from a single individual annually. I'm not obligated to report it as a business transaction for reporting income.
With a fish wholesale / importer license I can sell for cash (not credit) to LFS and ship out of state.
I'll whine but I bought a wholesale / importer license.
(?Breeding?who breeds?) If fish arrive in my 'facility' pregnant is that my fault?
This information was gained by contacting the departments in Tallahassee via phone and receiving small business guide packages through the mail after requesting them.
As I posted before,,, be happy as a "HOBBYIST" (it's free sort of LOL)
By the way OP,,, every package you receive in the mail from out of state that doesn't include sales tax collected from you - YOUR suppose to voluntarily pay sales tax on it by self reporting the transaction. hahahaha
Bottom line on all the blah blah above is keep transactions under $499.00 from a single individual annually and your not breaking the law because its not a biz :smile:
luv th gov (not) but enjoy th' hobby