A National AgLaw Center Research Publication

State-Specific Direct Marketing Guides

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These resources provide information for producers engaged in direct marketing in states that participate in the MarketMaker program, but also address a wide range of legal and business opportunities and challenges faced by producers across the country. After an overview of the federal and state regulatory system, the books discuss issues important to farming operations, including the structure of an agricultural business, marketing plans for the business, taxation concerns and labor and employment issues. They then discusses the regulation of certain specific products, including dairy, eggs, fish and other aquatics, produce, grains and cereals, honey and maple syrup, meat and poultry and organic marketing. Each book finishes with an extensive glossary of terms relevant to the legal and production concerns raised in the book.

The guides have been completed as a result of a collaboration between the National Agricultural Law Center and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

To see each state’s individual guide, click on the state’s image in the map below.