Federation of Southern Cooperatives
The Federation/LAF Land Retention Project
following educational materials were developed and reproduced in
collaboration with the USDA-Risk Management Agency and Southern University
What Every Landowner Should Know brochures.
Brochures are available to the Federationís membership on Tax
Sales, Wills, How to Find a Deed, Managing Your Forest Land to Benefit You, Conducting a Successful
Land Loss Prevention Manuals.
The Land Loss Prevention Manual provides landowners with
comprehensible, state-specific information on the emerging legal risk
management issues listed above. The
manual also provides landowners with a resource contact list of federal
and state agency programs, and supplemental forms.
The Land Loss Prevention Manual: Train-the-Trainer
manual provides state-specific information on the same legal
issues; however, it is written to provide service providers with
information to share with their constituency.
These manuals provide information on those issues that impact
sustained rural property ownership.
Landowners who have questions, concerns, or land-related problems
call in to speak with a Land Retention specialist.
The specialist completes an intake and completes an initial
assessment to determine how the Federation can assist the caller in
resolving his/her issue.
Referral Network. The Project has an attorney
referral network. The network
consists of attorneys, primarily sole practitioners, to whom the Project
can refer landowners
in the event it is determined they are need of legal assistance.
Representation is not guaranteed, however, the Project is currently
looking at how it can develop a team of attorneys on stand-by who have
legal expertise in the common land-related legal issues the Federation
membership often encounter.
Summer Legal Externship Program. For the
past four years, the Project has had a summer externship program for law
purpose of this program is to expose law students to the issues faced by
farmers, including rural land loss. Since
its inception, the program has had 2-3 externs each summer.
COLLABORATION IS THE KEY!!!!
success of the project is due in part to the strong collaboratives it has
established with federal agencies, 1890 land grant institutions, private
attorneys, and local communities. Our
long list of partners and collaborators include:
Risk Management Agency, Farm Service Agency, National Resource & Conservation Service, Rural Development, the National
Appeals Division, Alabama Forestry Commission, and the Georgia Forestry
Organizations: Arkansas Farm & Land Development Corporation, Black Family Land Trust, American
Farmland Trust, Farmers Legal Action Group, African-American Family Farmer
1890 Land Grant
Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University
Fort Valley State University
Southern Universityís Agricultural Research & Extension
Center, Southern University Law Center
Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University
Carolina: South Carolina
Prairie View State University and Landowners Association of Texas
More Information on the Land Retention Project, or to order materials:
of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
The Land Retention Project
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