Farm4Profit Podcast

Finding the Right Entity Structure for You

Episode Summary

Ryan Haaland a great attorney comes in studio today to help us lay out the benefits and detriments of each type of entity. We will talk about LLC's and partnerships for quite a bit. We then also dig in to S-Corporations and C-Corporations. Why would we ever have one of those?! So much to discover in this episode, so listen in!

Episode Notes

Working Draft - Ag LLC Outline

Airing 1/16/23


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Ryan Haaland is an attorney who assists clients with real estate projects, business formation and transactions, and estate planning. He works with clients of various sizes, from large national companies to smaller local entities in all aspects of business. He assists ag clients, from family farm startups to larger ag entities, both as it pertains to real estate acquisitions and sales and assisting in corporate structuring and governance

Intro: Some believe that you need to be a big operator or land owner to justify forming an entity for their operation. Some believe that having the operation owned by a company makes them less attractive because of the corporate “look”. The truth is that structuring your farm operation using one or more business entities is an efficient tool (bang for buck) to protect farmers and their business, and that doesn’t require substantial change in manner of operation. 


  1. Limited liability
  2. Protects personal assets from liability related to the business
  3. Even if you own a short 40 and lease the ground out, LLC might be a good idea.  Protects the dirt from exposure to risk related to personal liability (e.g. you’re at fault for a car accident, the farm is at risk)
  4. Want to isolate value from risk using multiple entities
  5. LLC – Partnership
  6. LLC – S Corp
  7. S Corp
  8. C Corp
  9. Potentially limits partners (e.g. non-family farm entities)
  10. Same entity must buy and sell


  1. Imposes structure on owners


  1. Useful estate planning




  1. General Issues


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