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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.