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In the VLS Environmental Law Research Sources (ELRS) database
consult the categories: Agriculture Law and Food Law
The websites below are a small sample of the many resources that can be found in ELRS
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY
The National Agricultural Library (NAL) is one of the world's richest collections devoted to agriculture and related sciences. Their Catalog contains over 3.5 million items. Topics include agricultural and food law, animals and livestock, farms and farm systems, sustainable agriculture, food and human nutrition, etc. Among the resources available are full-text reports, data, research, books, articles, and government information. Other resources include AGRICOLA; Digital Commons; Ag Data Commons; and Nutrition.gov.
Agricultural Law Information Partnership
The Agricultural Law Information Partnership is a collaboration between the National Agricultural Library, National Agricultural Law Center (NALC) and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School. The Partnership supports the dissemination of agricultural and food law information to consumers, researchers and legal professionals. Agricultural law is defined broadly to include land-based agriculture, food and fiber production and systems, aquaculture and energy issues.
CENTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS at VERMONT LAW ACHOOL
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) website includes research and advocacy resources including Blueprint for a National Food Strategy, Farmland Access Legal Toolkit, the National Gleaning Project, the Healthy Food Policy Project, the Vermont Legal Food Hub, etc. as well as information related to VLS food and agriculture academic degrees and courses, and the CAFS Clinic.
Department of Agriculture - Economic Research Service
The USDA Economic Resource Service (ERS) anticipates emerging trends and issues in agriculture, farming, and the environment through objective economic research. ERS’s work provides context and impacts policymakers, organizations, farm and industry groups, and local government officials. Data products and publications are arranged by topic, including: animal products, rural economy and population, farm practices and management, food safety, natural resources and the environment, crops, etc.
FAOLEX is a database consisting of legislation, policies, and bilateral agreements on food, agriculture and natural resources management. It is continually updated and contains legal and policy documents from more than 200 countries, territories and regional economic integration organizations. Domains include agricultural and rural development, land and soil, water, etc. The country-specific resources found under “Country Profiles” are often in the country's native language. Resources include full text of legislation and policies.
Farm Commons, “helping farms build a common cause for legal resilience,” provides workshops, resources, and a community for farmers, ranchers, and their service providers. Resources include workshops, podcasts, and a library which covers di legal topics related to business, structures, diversification, farmland and ranchland purchasing, leasing, and food safety.
Farmer's Legal Action Group
Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) is a non-profit law center that provides legal support and services to family farmers and rural communities. FLAG includes sections on advocacy, alternative energy, biotechnology and GMOs, food safety, disaster assistance, the farm bill, labor and employment, estate planning, farmland preservation, organic farming, etc. Resources include news, articles, cases, briefs, reports, presentations, and newsletters.
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LAW CENTER
The National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas School of Law is an independent, national agricultural and food law research and information center. The Center serves multiple stakeholders, including policymakers, producers, and legal professionals. The site includes full text of farm bills since 1933 and other historical agriculture legislation. The comprehensive reference library is sorted by topics: agricultural leases, biosecurity, agritourism, animal welfare and feeding operations, food labeling, local food systems, and pesticides. Resources include books, articles, presentations, factsheets, newsletters, case law, regulations, legislative histories, committee reports, state and federal statutes, guidance documents, and links to Congressional Research Service Reports.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations advocating for federal policy reform regarding food and agriculture. NSAC focuses on promoting safe and healthy agricultural practices and providing affordable food products. NSAC’s site provides access to publications such as the Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs. Additional resources include reports, Farm Bill materials, white papers, news, a blog, and press releases.