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The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems works with partners across the country to create law and policy guides for food system stakeholders. Browse the list of standalone guides below, and visit our projects page to learn more about ongoing projects that encompass a wider range of resources. 



November 2021
Current use programs—which allow farmers to pay taxes on their land at agricultural value rather than the assessed value for another non-farming use—are an important tool in the farmland preservation toolbox. This guide provides an overview of current use policies across the U.S. and identifies opportunities to improve them. Read more »​​​​​​


Report coverReorganizing a Farm Business with Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code: A Brief Guide

October 2021
Can bankruptcy sometimes be a helpful tool to save a farm? This guide covers Chapter 12 of the bankruptcy code, a little-known strategy to transform farming operations. Read more »​​​​​​


Report coverUnderstanding FSMA's Preventive Controls Rule: A Guide for Grain Businesses

August 2021
Do you grow, harvest, store, or process food-grade grain or grain products? This resource may help you determine if you need to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule. Read more »​​​​​​


Report coverFarm Animal Welfare Certification Guide

October 2019
The Farm Animal Welfare Certification Guide helps farmers and business owners adopt and communicate higher animal welfare standards. Read more »​​​​​​