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  • Posted on November 17, 2016

    FLAG Attorney Stephen Carpenter attended the 16th Annual Iowa Organic Conference in Des Moines, Iowa on November 16.  Stephen presented at a Crop Insurance for Organic Farmers workshop with Nicole Cook and Mark Gutierrez of USDA’s Risk Management Agency. Stephen discussed how crop insurance works in general and highlighted some particular ways that recent changes […]

  • Posted on November 15, 2016

    FLAG was created in response to the farm credit crisis of the 1980s after tens of thousands of families lost their farms due to low commodity prices and overwhelming debt. Our attorneys represented a national class of 230,000 farmers, successfully challenging illegal procedures that were used to force farmers off their land. Today, as we […]

  • Posted on November 1, 2016

    A new publication from FLAG, Floods and Organic Producers:  Issues for Producers and Steps to Recovery after a Natural Disaster Available for download: Flooding and Organic Producers December 2016

  • Posted on May 3, 2016

    FLAG is seeking a full-time Legal Office and Grants Administrator. This is a critically important position and the hub of FLAG, and requires someone who is comfortable interacting with a diverse clientele. For more information, click here.

  • Posted on August 20, 2015

    One of the strange and frustrating aspects of working with struggling farmers is that farmers can seem nearly invisible. In fact, all rural residents can seem to disappear in this society. Rural residents in the United States live in a variety of climates and geographies, and encompass virtually every racial and ethnic group one can […]

  • Posted on July 28, 2015

    Ten Thousand Villages at 50th & France in Minneapolis supports Fair Trade and FLAG. This Saturday, August 1, from noon to 4:00, 15 percent of all of their sales will be donated to FLAG. Shop the sidewalk sale at Ten Thousand Villages as part of the 50th & France Crazy Days sidewalk sales. FLAG will have a […]

  • Posted on December 4, 2014

    Much to our delight, Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis will be raising money for FLAG all through December when patrons order from its acclaimed Tasting Menu. Through New Year’s Eve, $1 of every Tasting Menu purchase will be donated to FLAG. To learn more about the acclaimed Restaurant Alma–its history, its staff, and its commitment to local food sourcing in the Twin Cities […]

  • Posted on November 13, 2014

    Access to credit under fair terms and reasonable rates continues to be an essential need for family farmers. Recent changes to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) farm loan programs make FSA loans more useful for family farmers. There are three main changes. Each was made by the 2014 Farm Bill and are now being implemented […]

  • Posted on November 6, 2014

    We at FLAG know you are committed to building a sustainable local foods system, and that you already understand that many family farmers need support. What you may not have considered are the complex legal needs these farmers have, and how difficult it can be for them to access legal services. Running a farm involves […]

  • Posted on October 28, 2014

    As a result of the 2014 Farm Bill, the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rural Development (RD) are required to provide farmers with a receipt for service. Beginning in 2008, the farmer could get a receipt if he or she asked for it. Now the receipt must be provided whether […]