Federation of Southern Cooperatives
Land Assistance Fund


Selected Publications


  • The Rural Agenda (quarterly)
  • Membership Newsletter  (monthly)
Annual Reports 

Pamphlets on “What Every Land Owner Should Know” on:

  •  Wills and Estate Planning
  •  Adverse Possession
  •  Tax Sales
  •  Mineral Rights
  •  Eminent Domain
  • Basic Information on Real Property
  • How to Find a Deed
  • How to Select a Lawyer
  • Lawyers Fees
Risk Management  Summary Sheets on
  • Marketing
  • Production
  • Legal
  • Human Resources
  • Financial 
Summaries of the USDA Risk Management Agencies publication entitled “Introduction to Risk Management”. These sheets are helpful for farmers and anyone else who is exploring ways to enhance their small business practices. 

Make Your Natural Resources Work For You: Viable Options For Land Owners
This piece odffers suggestions and “how to" methods for alternative income producing activities such as leasing for fishing, camping, hunting 

Sumter County Blues: The Ordeal of the Federation Federation of Southern Cooperatives
A report by Thomas N. Bethell for the National Committee in support of community based organizations (1982) 

COOPERATIVES: Alone One Person Can Do Little
A general brochure on cooperatives along including the co-op principles and a list of the some types of co-ops 

Land Loss Prevention Booklets
The booklets provide state specific information on basic landowner rights and responsbilities, including tax sale, petition sale, estate planning, adverse possession, mineral rights, and eminant doman and condemnation (2002). These are available for the following states:

  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Texas
The Land Retention project Manuals (2002) are designed to prepare service providers, community leaders and organizations to conduct their own educational workshops. The manuals include presentaion scripts, sampe brochures (1 each), and a diskette on Microsft Power Point (copywritten) presentation slides that can be used with any screen projector.

African American Land Loss: An Historical Overview and Analysis of  Prevention Strategies
by Jerry Pennick and Heather Gray (1998) 

Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund: A Profile Of Black Farmers
based on a 1995 survey conducted by the Federation/LAF (1998) 

The Impact of Heir Property On Rural Land Tenure In The Southeastern Region of the United States 
by the Emergency Land Fund (1980) 

Only Six Million Acres: The Decline of Black Owned Land in the Rural South
The Black Economic Research Center (1973) 

Additional Available Material

Archival video footage 

Statistical information on Black farmers 

Articles and publications during the Federation/LAF’s 31 years are available upon request. 

Thirty years of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and the Emergency Land Fund archival materials are housed at the Amistad Archives at Tulane University. 

Note: Most of the publications are available as machine copies.  If interested in acquiring publications contact the Federation/LAF communications office in East Point at (404) 765-0991 for information on the cost of the materials.