Judith McGeary

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund


Judith McGeary is an attorney, activist, and sustainable farmer. After earning her bachelor’s from Stanford University and her law degree with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin, she clerked for a federal appeals court and went on to private law practice. During that time, she became a passionate advocate of sustainable agriculture, and she and her husband established their own livestock farm. After seeing how government regulations benefit industrial agriculture at the expense of family farms, she founded the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) to promote common-sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems. She has been profiled in the Texas Observer and Edible Austin, appears in the documentary Farmageddon, and has been interviewed on numerous radio shows across the country.

Judith will be speaking at the Texas Fair.


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New Laws for Local Food Producers

The Texas Legislature adopted five new bills that help small-scale, local food producers in 2019: on-farm processing for poultry and rabbits, a major expansion to the cottage food law, permit fee caps for farmers market vendors, special provisions for sampling at farmers markets, and a local health department better communications bill. Learn about the new opportunities for local food producers, and bring your questions on these new laws (and the pre-existing ones) that affect farmers, ranchers, and local food producers of all types.
Nature and Community Sustainable Agriculture

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Texas, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Sustainable Agriculture Stage

Business Basics for Farmers

Should you form a corporation? What sort of insurance do you need? Can you legally have volunteers working on your farm? Get the answers to these and other basic questions about running a farm or local food business.
Nature and Community Sustainable Agriculture

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Texas, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Sustainable Agriculture Stage
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