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North Central Regional Extension Publications are subject to peer review and prepared as a part of the Cooperative Extension Service activities of the thirteen land-grant universities of the 12 North Central States, in cooperation with the Cooperative State Research Education Service - U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.


The range of options for organizing and financing a business has expanded considerably in recent years as innovations in financial markets created new alternatives to meet the varied needs of business managers.

The purpose of this publication is twofold: (1) to provide a comprehensive listing of organizational and financing options for farm and agribusiness firms, and (2) to explain the circumstances under which these various options are likely to be most useful.