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Regulations, intellectual property and entity formation decisions. All of these things affect your ability to raise money and grow your brand. We help you learn what you need to do to lay a legal foundation for success.

How SAGE revitalizes agriculture near cities

1 hour Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

SAGE contributes to the food system by helping elevate the data around the impact of food and agriculture in a way that helps people understand the connections between this sector and the rest of society and the economy.

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What is Intellectual Property, Anyway?

5 minute Free read by Pie Shell

Patents, branding, and copyright...  If you want to protect something, or to stop someone from doing the same thing that you’re doing in your food business, the only way to do that in the United States (and abroad) is through IP law. An IP attorney will help you ensure that no one has made it before, branded it in a similar way to yours, or created it before you did.

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An in-depth look into FSMA and FDA reform that will impact business

1 hour of Free video content by New Hope Network

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a complicated sweeping reform of the way food safety is regulated. This video series outlines the history, reasoning and goals behind the legislation and what your business has to do to properly comply.

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Adding Value to Farm Products: The Legal Issues

26 pages of Free report content by Farm Commons

The decision to add a value-added line is a serious one. There is no single set of laws that apply to value-added products and no single definition of a value added product. Instead, each law may have its own specific definition. This guide helps you to navigate what to look for in terms of legal implications when you are adding value to your products.

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Host Safer, More Legally Secure On-Farm Events

19 pages of Free report content by Farm Commons

Events are a wonderful way for farmers to deepen their connection with customers. To meet these goals, farmers must make sure that hosting events does not expose the farmer to greater legal liability. If things go wrong, on-farm events can be create tremendous legal problems.

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Entity Formation for Your Food Business

1 hour and 10 minutes of Paid video by Edible-Alpha®

How you form your food, beverage or value-added agriculture business has huge implications for your particular business development and growth path, as well as regulatory and tax considerations. This includes what kinds of money you are able to raise.

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Wisconsin Food Processing Guide

Wisconsin Food Processing Guide

120 pages of Free report content by University of Wisconsin-Madison

This guide covers a wide array of topics, such as regulations and licensing, selecting a food processing facility, developing products, buying equipment, labeling and packaging, marketing, insurance and liability issues, and concludes with potential exit strategies when the time comes to close or sell the business.

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What’s In a Name? Trademark Protection for Your Food or Beverage Brand

40 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

Since selling food or beverages like beer are about selling your brand, protecting that brand and its growth in value through the trademark process is very important. Trademarks should be distinct and evocative as opposed to generic and descriptive, mimizing the likelihood of confusion with other trademarked intellectual property.

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Running the Gauntlet: Leveraging Legal Rights and Regs in Craft Beer Startups

45 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

Distribution rights matter a great deal for breweries and distilleries. Talking with a lawyer who has training and experience in the matter is the best way to protect the financial future of your beer brand. Whether or not you are a brewery vs. a brewpub matters a great deal to regulators.

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Formation Documents, Raising Equity, and Protecting Recipes

30 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

The type of entity you form and the type of legal protections you undertake matters in terms of your strategic path to grow and what kinds of money you are able to raise to support that growth. When raising equity, find legal counsel that understands what you need to do to comply with securities law and its required disclosures to investors or potential investors.

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