The Farmer's Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm, with a Foreword by Willie Nelson

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5.59 X 8.3 X 1.13 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Sarah Vogel is an attorney and former politician whose career has focused on family farmers and ranchers. Vogel was the first woman in U.S. history to be elected as a state commissioner of agriculture. In 2006, the American Agricultural Law Association awarded her its Distinguished Service Award for contributions to the field of agriculture law, and Willie Nelson honored her at Farm Aid's thirtieth anniversary in 2015 for her service to farmers. An in-demand speaker and a passionate advocate for Native American rights, Vogel lives in Bismarck, North Dakota.

"Essential reading for any ag lawyer, farmer, lender or anyone who has anything to do with agriculture." --Des Moines Register

"Sarah Vogel's passion to save the family farm comes through in The Farmer's Lawyer, which is not only a genuine and brilliant story, but a necessary one." --Stephanie Land

"Engaging, suspenseful, and often heartbreaking . . . This stirring account is a testimony to [Vogel's] continuing work as a strong advocate for America's farmers." --Booklist

"An enjoyable true-life legal drama on par with Erin Brockovich." --Library Journal

"An engrossing legal saga and a rousing tribute to prairie populism." --Publishers Weekly

"This is my kind of story--the young, inexperienced lawyer facing big odds. It's remarkably well told and heartfelt. I really enjoyed it." --John Grisham

"Sarah's story, told in her unique voice, inspires me--and I'm sure it will inspire you--to fight for family farmers." --Willie Nelson, Artist and Farm Aid President

"The Farmer's Lawyer, both an exquisitely written American saga and a trove of lived research, might serve as the definitive document of the 1980s farm crisis that in some ways never ended. Sarah Vogel's heroic battle on behalf of family farmers was historic--and has never been more relevant." --Sarah Smarsh, author of HEARTLAND

"Sarah Vogel is a tireless advocate, and The Farmer's Lawyer is a powerful account about her never-ending pursuit of justice." --Dan Barber, author of THE THIRD PLATE

"Remarkable . . . Anyone seeking a dispassionate history of the case should look elsewhere. This is an advocate's tale of fighting callous bureaucrats and cold-hearted prosecutors, while struggling to keep the lights on in her own home . . . Vogel ultimately won an injunction on behalf of 240,000 FmHA borrowers nationwide . . . [and] went on to serve as North Dakota's agriculture commissioner, the first woman elected to the office in any state. This book is a testament to what was an even greater achievement." --Christian Science Monitor

"The most important book about the practical issues farmers face that I have ever read." --Dr. Frederick L. Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and President of the Board of Directors, Stone Barns

"The struggle for justice for farmers is as old as the American story. No one has written a braver or better chapter than Sarah Vogel. She recounts it here, with all the historical perspective, legal genius and righteous passion that made her the great champion of the women and men who work the land." --John Nichols, author of THE FIGHT FOR THE SOUL OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

"A fascinating political history about farming in America, a gripping personal story about one person battling a vast, unjust system, and a clear-eyed investigation of the discriminatory systems and policies that drove so many family farmers out of business." --Megan Kimble, author of UNPROCESSED

"What a wonderful book! The Farmer's Lawyer is riveting. Its characters amount to a new pantheon of heroes-author Sarah Vogel as well as the white and Native American farmers whose dogged righteousness prevails and inspires. I am humbled, heartened, and moved." --Elizabeth Fenn, Pulitzer Prize winning author of ENCOUNTERS AT THE HEART OF THE WORLD

"Vogel is a gifted writer, weaving history, politics and vivid descriptions of the people and landscape with personal challenges like her financial turmoil as a single mother in a male-dominated field ... Great for fans of legal dramas, Sarah Vogel's The Farmer's Lawyer will leave readers inspired as she details their fight for truth, justice and family farms in the 1980s." --Shelf Awareness

"Vogel follows this slice-of-history story with advice for the future ... the national importance of this case is such that anyone who isn't familiar deserves to know what happened, so grab THE FARMER'S LAWYER. It's worth checking out." --The Bookworm Sez