Labeling Your Food Product

Small food businesses and farms with value-added processing often sell their products locally, but understanding the Food and Drug Administration’s rules for labeling those products can be challenging. This webinar will prepare you to feel confident creating a food label and selling your product.

Presenters: Rachel Gartner & Zac Maciejewski, Faegre, Drinker Biddle and Reath.

Starting your Farm or Food Business: Succession Planning

When you’re forming your LLC or other business entity, it is important to plan for the future. This webinar will prepare you with key questions to consider about succession planning when forming your business.

Presenter: Kim Memmesheimer, Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormley & Roberts, PLLC.

Intro to Co-Op Formation, New Hampshire

A cooperative (“co-op”) is a type of for-profit business that is communally owned and democratically managed by its members. This legal guide covers common types of co-ops, tax benefits of co-ops, benefits and risks, as well as how to form a co-op. It also covers a few requirements specific to New Hampshire.

Intro to Co-Op Formation

 A cooperative (“co-op”) is a type of for-profit business that is communally owned and democratically managed by its members. This legal guide covers common types of co-ops, tax benefits of co-ops, benefits and risks, as well as how to form a co-op.

Incorporación de una organización sin fines de lucro en nueva inglaterra

Explore si una estructura sin fines de lucro es la adecuada para su organización. Aprenda a incorporarse como una corporación sin fines de lucro.

Esta guía legal:

  • analiza los pros y los contras de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro
  • detalla cómo convertirse en una organización sin fines de lucro
  • explica cómo solicitar el estatus de organización benéfica federal 501 (c) (3)
  • analiza el patrocinio fiscal como una alternativa al estado 501 (c) (3)

¿Qué es la mediación?

La mediación es un proceso voluntario en el que un tercero neutral (el mediador) ayuda a las partes a resolver su disputa o conflicto facilitando su negociación. La mediación se puede utilizar como alternativa a una demanda. Esta guía explicará los entresijos de la mediación, así como sus ventajas como herramienta para la resolución de conflictos.

Operación de una propiedad unipersonal

Como propietario de una granja o empresa alimentaria, usted elige cómo desea operar. Elegir la estructura empresarial adecuada es importante porque afecta a muchos aspectos de su empresa. Por ejemplo, puede influir en el tratamiento fiscal, la exposición al riesgo y la responsabilidad y el control personal sobre el negocio. Los nuevos agricultores o empresarios alimentarios a menudo operan como propietarios únicos. Esta guía legal analiza las características y obligaciones de operar su negocio como propietario único.

Introducción a las marcas comerciales

Su negocio ofrece productos frescos y de alta calidad y alimentos de valor agregado y se ha ganado una buena reputación en la comunidad. Pero, ¿puede proteger su “marca”, la buena voluntad y la confianza que ha desarrollado para su negocio? ¿Puede evitar que los competidores se monten en los faldones de su buena reputación? Aprenda a utilizar las marcas comerciales sólidas de manera eficaz. Esta Guía Lightning establece cómo obtener y proteger su marca comercial y cómo identificar la infracción de marca registrada.

Conceptos básicos de la ley de derechos de autor

La ley de derechos de autor puede parecer complicada. Pero es simplemente una ley que dice que si creas algo, entonces eres el propietario. Para las empresas, los derechos de autor pueden aplicarse a las cosas que usa todos los días, como los gráficos utilizados en sitios web y en publicidad o contenido de blogs. Aprenda a crear y proteger sus derechos de autor. Esta guía examina cómo proteger sus propios materiales con derechos de autor y evitar el uso indebido de los derechos de autor que pertenecen a otros.

Guía paso a paso para formar una compañía de responsabilidad limitada

Esta guía legal analiza las características y obligaciones de operar su negocio como una sociedad de responsabilidad limitada (“LLC”) y proporciona instrucciones paso a paso para formar una LLC, que incluyen:

  • Cómo registrar una SRL ( LLC)
  • Qué incluir en un acuerdo operativo
  • Presentaciones adicionales a tener en cuenta

Incorporating a Non-Profit in New England

Explore whether a non-profit structure is the right fit for your organization.  Learn how to incorporate as a non-profit corporation.

This legal guide:

  • discusses the pros and cons of non-profit organizations
  • details how to become a nonprofit organization
  • explains how to apply for federal 501(c)(3) charitable organization status
  • discusses fiscal sponsorship as an alternative to 501(c)(3) status

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process in which a neutral third party (the mediator) assists the parties in resolving their dispute or conflict by facilitating their negotiation. Mediation can be used as an alternative to a lawsuit. This guide will go through the ins and outs of mediation as well as the advantages of it as a tool for conflict resolution.

¿Cómo trabajar con un abogado?

Aún cuando usted mismo puede tomar cuidado de muchas necesidades legales, a veces se necesita ayuda o información por parte de un abogado. Aprenda cómo trabajar de la mejor manera con su abogado para obtener los resultados que usted quiere. Su abogado probablemente le hará muchas preguntas durante su primer encuentro. Aquí tiene cómo estar listo para dicho encuentro, y cómo preparar lo más importantes de sus propias preguntas.

Step-by-Step Guide to Forming a Limited Liability Company

This legal guide discusses the features and obligations of operating your business as a limited liability company (“LLC”) and provides step-by-step instructions for forming an LLC including:

  • How to register an LLC
  • What to include in an operating agreement
  • Additional filings to be aware of

Co-Op Law 101

Co-ops are member owned entities that provide a solid foundation for farms and community members to collaboratively support the local food system. Attorney Dave Swanson of Dorsey & Whitney is going to provide a baseline knowledge of co-ops, including consumer co-ops and grower co-ops. He is also going to discuss what to consider when choosing a business structure and specifically the differences between non-profits and co-ops. With over 35 years of experience and Land O’Lakes and dozens of consumer coops as a clients, Dave is sure to provide a webinar filled with valuable information.

Employment Payroll Tax Basics

The rules governing payroll taxes can be complex. Payroll taxes are generally calculated as a percentage of the employee salary. Farms that employ workers must withhold money from their employees’ paychecks, timely submit withheld amounts to the appropriate tax authorities, and file payroll tax returns with state and federal agencies. This guide outlines what payroll taxes are, and how and when to pay them.  After reading this guide you will know:

  • what are payroll taxes and who is responsible for paying them
  • the different types of payroll taxes spec
  • the special exemptions given to agricultural employees

New England Food Policy Advocacy Guide

This guide is designed to provide organizations and advocates with information, support, and inspiration to promote policy changes that build a more robust and resilient regional food system. The report is intended as a tool to guide individuals, organizations, coalitions, agencies, and policymakers to pursue supportive public policies and remove policy barriers. It was developed by American Farmland Trust, Conservation Law Foundation, and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.

How to Work with a Lawyer

While there are a lot of legal needs you can tackle yourself, sometimes you need help or information from an attorney. Learn how to work best with your lawyer to get the results you want.  Your lawyer will likely ask a lot of questions at the first meeting. Here’s how to be ready for them, and how to prepare relevant questions of your own.

Rhode Island and Federal Leave Laws

Employment leave laws help balance employers’ needs for a reliable work force with employees’ responsibilities outside work. Leave laws also protect workers by allowing them to take time off without fear of losing their job.  Both Federal and Rhode Island state laws allow employees to take reasonable unpaid leave for family and medical reasons. Whether you are an employer or an employee, it is important to know your rights and obligations under these state and Federal laws. 

Copyright Law Basics

Copyright law can seem complicated. But it’s simply a law that says that if you create something, then you own it.  For businesses, copyright can apply to things you use everyday such as graphics used on websites and in advertising or blog content. Get to know how to create and protect your copyrights. This guide examines how to protect your own copyrighted materials and avoid improper use of copyrights belonging to others.

Operating a Sole Proprietorship

As the owner of a farm or food enterprise, you choose how you want to operate it. Choosing the right business structure is important because it affects many aspects of your company.  For example, it can influence tax treatment, exposure to risk and liability, and personal control over the business.  New farmers or food entrepreneurs often operate as sole proprietors.  This legal guide discusses the features and obligations of operating your business is as a sole proprietorship.

Cultivating Good Food Policy

This policy advocacy guide is aimed at farmers, food entrepreneurs, nonprofits, activists, and anyone interested in driving policy solutions to make long-lasting change. It is designed to be a tool to help you understand the policymaking process in Massachusetts and how to develop high-impact advocacy campaigns. Using these strategies, you and your allies can contribute to creating policy that helps the food system thrive.

Community Kitchens Legal Guide

Across New England, community kitchens are springing up to support food entrepreneurs, improve access to locally grown food, and support local farmers. This guide helps community kitchens and kitchen users – including small businesses and nonprofit groups – understand how to make use of these invaluable spaces and how to comply with the laws governing their operation.

How to Choose a Business Structure: A Decision Tree

As a farmer or food business, choosing a business structure is an important decision with important implications for your business and your personal liability. This decision guide, developed by Conservation Law Foundation, walks you through the different business structures you can consider and weighs the advantage and drawbacks of each option. This guide is a great starting point for businesses thinking about what business structure is right for you.