The Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) has been helping farmers with legal issues for 25 years.
FLAG was born as a 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. Attorneys Jim Massey, Lynn Hayes, Sarah Vogel and Dale Reesman joined forces in representing 230,000 farmers nationwide in Coleman v. Lyng, which raised successful challenges to illegal procedures that the Farmers Home Administration used to freeze farmers’ income and force them off their land. The federal judge in the case issued an injunction stopping the foreclosures of 80,000 farms.
One year old Farm Commons is also an excellent legal resource farmers navigating the labyrinth of laws surrounding agriculture, land tenure and farm business. They provide the proactive legal services sustainable farmers need to become the stable, resilient foundation of a community-based food system.
Farm Commons provide business legal services to farmers, creates useful legal education resources, and educates attorneys on issues relating to community-based farmers around the country.