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Business Organization, Structure and Planning

Research by Topic: Business Organizations
National Agricultural Law Center
This website provides a range of information on establishing and managing an agriculturally-related business, including overviews of various business structures and the related tax and liability implications.  The site also contains a list of links to the major statutes, and case law, among other relevant research publications.

Business Structure
Field Guide to the New American Foodshed
This resource provides basic explanations for the most common forms of business structures, along with case studies that illustrate business structure decisions made in real life contexts.  The business structures covered include C-Corporations, Cooperatives, LLCs, Non-Profits, S-Corporation, and Sole Proprietorships

Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm
Center for Sustainable Agriculture at The University of Vermont
This resource details options and considerations for developing unconventional financial arrangements within the agricultural sector.  The guide explores the basic legal issues of pursuing such arrangements, highlighting several mechanisms that allow for creativity and customization of financial transactions at the neighbor-to-farmer or farmer-to-community member level.

Small Scale Food Entrepreneurship: A Technical Guide for Food Ventures
Cornell University
This resource was designed to increase awareness of food processing and safety issues related to entrepreneurial food products.  It is intended to provide the reader with the basic knowledge and vocabulary necessary to own and operate a specialty food business.  The guide covers a range of topics, and business and marketing issues are covered in chapter II.