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Business Organization, Structure and Planning

Research by Topic: Business Organizations
National Agricultural Law Center
This website provides an overview of various business structures, and includes information on important related issues such as liability, tax implications, payment limitations, corporate farming statutes, and bankruptcy.  The site also contains links to major statutes, case law, and issue-specific publications on the topic.


One-Page Planning
Field Guide to the New American Foodshed
This website provides information and templates for business planning, including the One-Page Business Plan the One-Page Financial Plan and the One-Page Risk Management Plan.  The site also contains a one-hour webinar on the one-page plans that overviews their use and importance.


Marketing, Business, and Risk Management: Business Planning and Management
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA)
This website provides a number of guides and templates for various business planning and management needs.  The available publications cover topics such as accounting, compensation, conservation easements, conservation financing for farm transfer, and crop insurance options for specialty, diversified, and organic farmers, among others.


Farm Business Entities
Farm Commons
This website provides a chart comparing various business organizational structures, as well as an outline for how to create an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation).  NOTE: in order to access the information a user must provide their contact information. 


Business & Financial Management Toolshed: Business Planning
Vermont New Farmer Project at The University of Vermont
This website provides links to articles, fact sheets, tools, and other resources related to accessing capital and credit for farm needs.  The available publications include Building a Sustainable Business and Model Business Plan for Hoop Houses, 2010.  


Research by Topic: Business Organizations
National Agricultural Law Center
This website covers a variety of topics relevant to establishing and managing an agriculturally-related business.  The topics covered include liability and tax implications and the pros and cons of various business structure options, among others.  The page also contains a list of links to the major statutes, case law, and relevant research publications.


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.