By Andrew Branan, Extension Assistant Professor, NC State University

Over the years, my name has gotten around the state as a “farm lawyer.” This chosen label is how I’ve been known in the various North Carolina farming and conservation circles (such as CFSA), which was, of course, my intent when I started this career — first with American Farmland Trust — years ago.  

But as I remind everyone, I’m just a regular lawyer who chose to work mostly with farmers. After all, most farm and agriculture law is just regular law applied to farming.

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By Andrew Branan, Extension Assistant Professor, NC State University


Editor’s note: this blog post is the second installment of a two-part series exploring the ins and outs of agriculture and farm law. If you missed Andrew’s first article, read it here.


CFSA originally asked me to discuss whether or not farm lawyers exist. In the first installment of this series, In Search of the Farm Lawyer, Part I: The Myth, we explored that very question. 

The short of it is not necessarily

So what’s a farmer to do when they need legal help?

Below are my opinions and tips on who and how farmers/landowners should approach lawyers seeking legal service in various matters related to land, farming, and forestry (particularly from the small farm perspective).

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