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Legal and Governmental Framework for Cooperatives
Also see Cooperative Principles, Governance or a specific type of cooperative

The ABCs of LLCs: Limited Liability Companies Offer New Option for RuralBusinesses
by Donald Frederick, Rural Cooperatives, July/August 1997.

Antitrust Status of Farmer Cooperatives: The Story of the Capper-Volstead Act
By Donald Frederick
United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business Cooperative Service
Cooperative Information Report 59, September 2002

Articles of Incorporation for Cooperatives, including a Sample Outline

Butter settlement: a glimpse into the future of antitrust enforcement?
By Donald A. Frederick, Rural Cooperatives November/December 2000

Bylaws for Cooperatives, including a Sample Outline, from How to Start a Cooperative, Cooperative Information Report 7, United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business- Cooperative Service
Galen Rapp and Gerald Ely, Revised September 1996.

The Capper-Volstead Act: Opportunity Today and Tomorrow
by Donald M. Barnes & Christopher E. Ondeck, Jenkens & Gilchrist, Washington DC. August, 1997.

Co-op Counsel's Corner: A Comparison Between Condominiums and Cooperatives
by Charles Bassford, Esq.. This article was originally published in Homestead Happenings, the Homestead Housing Center Newsletter - 4th Quarter 1996.

Cooperative Farm Bargaining and Price Negotiation
CIR 26. 194 pgs. Reprinted 1988. Ralph B. Bunje
From USDA Rural Development

Cooperative Financing and Taxation
CIR 1 Section 9. 26 pgs. Revised 1995. Robert C. Rathbone
From USDA Rural Development

Cooperative Farm Bargaining and Price Negotiation
CIR 26. 194 pgs. Reprinted 1988. Ralph B. Bunje
From USDA Rural Development

Cooperative Governance resources, including articles and bylaws.

Cooperative Marketing Agreements: Legal Aspects, 1992.
Research Report 106. 57 pgs. 1992. John Reilly
USDA Rural Development

Cooperative Ownership Compared to Other Business Arrangements for Multi- Family Dairy Operations
by Greg Lawless, Robert Cropp, Phil Harris, April, 1996. UWCC Occasional Paper No. 11.

Current Law & Economics Debate: Tools for Assessing Fundamental Cooperative Changes?,
By Thomas L. Sporleder and Robert A. Skinner,
NCR-194 Research on Cooperatives Annual Meeting Presentation Paper, October 29, 2003

Database of Cooperative Law
ILO, Geneva, February 2001

Director Liability in Agricultural Cooperatives
CIR 34. 39 pgs. Reprinted 1996. Douglas Fee, Allen C. Hoberg, and Linda Grim McCormick
USDA Rural Development

Documents Needed for Development of a Cooperative
Community Forestry Resource Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2000

Included below is a basic set of templates for the development of a cooperative. Please make a selection and click "go".

Exercising Vigilance Over State Laws Important Role of State Councils
by Randall Torgerson Rural Cooperatives March/April 1999

Guidelines for Cooperative Bylaws, developed by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

Legal, Judicial, and Administrative Provisions for Successful Cooperative Development
by Dante Cracogna
University of Buenos Aires
Argentina
May 2002

Legal Manual for Small Rural Home Cooperatives,
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, September 2005

A Legal Sourcebook for California Cooperatives: Start-Up and Administration
Van P. Baldwin, Third Edition, 2004

The Limited Liability Company Versus the New Generation Cooperative: Alternative Business Forms for Rural Economic Development
New Generation Cooperatives Project Output, Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, 2000.

Managing Cooperative Antitrust Risk
CIR 38. 33 pgs. 1989. Donald A. Frederick
USDA Rural Development

Minnesota Statutes Chapter 308B - Minnesota Cooperative Associations Act
Minnesota Association of Cooperatives
Minneapolis, Minnesota June 2003

New State Statutes Allow Nonmember Equity Capital for Cooperatives
Shermain D. Hardesty, Director, Rural Cooperatives Center, University of California-Davis

Origins of a Current Conflict? An Examination of Stock-Nonstock Cooperative Law,
by Mike Cook
Journal of Agricultural Cooperation
Vol. 8, 1993, pp. 54-62

Patron Demand Deposit Account Financing: An Update.
by Ken Duft and Erica Brueckner. Publications for the NCR - 194 Research on Cooperatives Annual Meeting held on December 12-13, 2000

Response of Cooperative Elevators to Changes In Government Policies
Research Report 153. 21 pgs. 1997. Larry Stearns, David W. Cobia and Marc Warman
USDA Rural Development

Sample Legal Documents for Cooperatives
CIR 40. 65 pgs. Reprinted 1995. Donald A. Frederick
USDA Rural Development

Selecting Alternative Federal Income Tax Structures for Farm Supply Cooperatives,
Lynn W. Robbins and Marion F. Simon
Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 14, No. 2, Pages 57-63

Starting a Value-Added Agribusiness: The Legal Perspective
New Generation Cooperatives Project Output, By Mark J.Hanson Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, 2000.

Strategies for Survival by Cooperative Country Elevators Revisited
Research Report 158. 21 pgs. 1997. Larry Sterns, David W. Cobia and Marc Warman
USDA Rural Development

Tax Treatment of Cooperatives
CIR 23. 10 pgs. Revised 1995. Donald A. Frederick
USDA Rural Development

Turmoil of early 20th century led to USDA role in assisting co-ops
By Patrick Duffey Rural Cooperatives July/August 2001

Understanding Capper-Volstead Act of 1922
CIR 35. 9 pgs. Reprinted 1995. David Volkin
USDA Rural Development

Use of LLS-Cooperative Statutes: Status of New Business Formation in Wyoming, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Iowa Organized Through 2005,
Tracy L. Kennedy and Donald A. Frederick


What Then to do with a Non-Cooperative Cooperative? ,
Clayton S. Reynolds, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, Tax Lawyer, Vol. 56, No. 4, Summer 2003

U.S. state statutes on cooperatives

International statutes on cooperatives

Database of Cooperative Law
ILO, Geneva, February 2001

New South Wales, The Co-operatives Act 1992 (updated 1 October 1997)

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