Public Policy

Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc.

Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and their rural communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land. Since its inception, FLAG has provided an extensive array of legal services to financially distressed farmers and their advocates and attorneys nationwide. The FLAG web site features news and alerts, litigation information, disaster assistance information, shared appreciation agreement information, publications, and links, as well as other information.

Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc.
360 North Robert St.
Suite 500
St. Paul, MN 55101-1109
Phone: (651) 223-5400 or 1-877-860-4349 (MN only)
Fax: (651) 223-5335

Farmland Information Center

The Farmland Information Center (FIC) is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. The FIC is a public/private partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and American Farmland Trust (AFT), which was authorized by the federal Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA). The FIC maintains an ever-growing collection of state laws, reports, and other literature relating to farm and ranch land protection. It also offers an answer service to provide direct technical assistance via phone, e-mail, and fax. In addition, the FIC staff monitor and report on farmland protection activities around the country, and identify, acquire, and develop new materials.

Phone: 1-800-370-4879

Farm Bill 101

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act, signed into law on May 13, 2002, replaces the 1996 Farm Bill and serves as the backbone of nation’s federal farm policy. What are the major wins and losses of the Farm Bill for small farms? What are the main implications of the Farm Bill for farmers in the Northeast? What are natural resource conservation measures?

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

The IATP promotes resilient family farms, rural communities, and ecosystems around the world through research and education, science and technology, and advocacy. Programs include: environment and agriculture; food and agriculture; food and health; forestry; and trade and agriculture.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
2105 First Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) 870-0453
Fax: (612) 870-4846

National Farmers Union

National Farmers Union, officially called the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, was founded in 1902 in Point, TX by Newt Gresham. National Farmers Union is a general farm organization with a membership of nearly 250,000 farm and ranch families throughout the United States. It is also a federation that represents farmers and ranchers in all states. For more than 100 years, NFU’s primary goal has been to sustain and strengthen family farm and ranch agriculture. The key to this goal has been Farmers Union’s grassroots structure in which policy positions are initiated locally. The policy process includes the presentation of resolutions by individuals or a group of Farmers Union members, followed by possible adoption of the resolutions at the local, state, and national levels.

National Farmers Union
11900 East Cornell Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014-3194
Phone: (303) 337-5500 or 1-800-347-1961 (toll-free)
Fax: (303) 368-1390

Center for Rural Affairs

The Center for Rural Affairs, a private, non-profit organization, is working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities.

Center for Rural Affairs
145 Main St.
P.O. Box 136
Lyons, NE 68038
Phone: (402) 687-2100
Fax: (402) 687-2200

National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture

The National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, Inc. is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of a sustainable food and agriculture system that is economically viable, environmentally sound, socially just, and humane.

National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
P.O. Box 396
Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 361-5201
Fax: (845) 361-5204

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