Hello, I’m Sarah Vogel, attorney, advocate, and author of The Farmer’s Lawyer, a memoir about my landmark class action lawsuit, Coleman v. Block. I brought this historic case when I was a young lawyer and single mother, against the federal government, on behalf of 240,000 family farmers facing foreclosure during the 1980s farm crisis. I’ve spent most of my career as an advocate for family farmers, women, and Native Americans. I also served two terms as North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture, and I was the first woman in U.S. history to be elected to this position in any state. I currently serve as a Member of the Agriculture Subcommittee to USDA Equity Commission and live in Bismarck, North Dakota.
I am honored to say that since my book came out, it has been longlisted for the Reading the West award, was named as an honoree for The Society of Midland Authors Award, and selected by the Library of Congress to represent North Dakota at the National Book Festival. I have been named a recipient of the 2022 Sioux Award (UND) and received a 2023 Meritorious Service Award, the highest honor presented by the National Farmers Union.