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Getting started /Being a farmer in France
Being a farmer in France
Who is a farmer in France?

By definition, a structure on which a candidate plans to set up must enable him to develop farming activities. Any individual or corporate entity who carries out activities defined as being agricultural and who is affiliated to the Mutualité Sociale Agricole is a farmer.

The mainfarmer must:
• Devote over 50% of his working time to his agricultural activity.

• Draw at least 50% of his overall income from agricultural and forestry production activities and from tourist or other activities that are an extension of the farming or forestry production action, and which are based on the farm.

Be affiliated to the Farmers Health Insurance scheme (Assurance Maladie des Exploitants Agricoles - AMEXA) at the MSA.
The share of income obtained directly from production activities may not be less than 25% of the farm’s overall income.
(Decree n°96.462, 29/05/1996 – Official Journal dated 30/05/1996).


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