Cooperatives

Cooperatives face many legal issues, some of which are unique to cooperative law and taxation. We seek to stay current on these unique issues through our participation in the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

BECE offers a wide range of services to its agricultural cooperative clients. We have provided legal counsel for mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, joint ventures, Articles and Bylaws updates, board policies on membership and equity redemption, and the many regulatory and contractual issues that affect agricultural businesses today. We can help with OSHA inspections, commodity contracts and disputes, NGFA arbitration, wage and hour laws, employment policies, Workers’ compensation issues, unemployment tax issues, ODA grain warehouse rules compliance, EPA environmental issues, railroads, pipelines, chemical application, trucking rules, debt collection, representation for creditor co-ops in debtor bankruptcies, and other risk management areas.

Sample services we can provide to cooperatives include:

  • Governance (Articles and Bylaws updates)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Asset Sales
  • Business dissolution
  • Business disputes and arbitration
  • Commodity contracts
  • Real estate sales, purchases and leases
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Risk management
  • Employment issues
  • Collections issues
  • Non-profit organizations governance

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