Monica Rainge

Board


Monica Armster Rainge is an agricultural lawyer and mediator. She has worked in the public and private agricultural sectors for over 20 years. Her professional experience with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund dates back to 1996 when she served as a college intern under the Natural Resource Conservation Service Internship Program started by USDA’s Pearlie Reed to increase minority participation in natural resource careers.

She currently serves as the Director of Land Retention and Advocacy for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund in East Point, Georgia. As the Director of Land Retention and Advocacy, Rainge leads the development and management of high quality outreach and technical assistance programs that support regional land retention and advocacy initiatives. She also directs the Federation’s Regional Heirs Property and Mediation Center.

Experienced in agricultural policy development and program management, she previously served as the Florida State Coordinator for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund. She has managed regional USDA projects focusing on outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1995 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida in 1998. She earned a Master of Laws in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law’s Graduate Program in Agricultural Law in 1999.

In addition to serving on NFFC’s board, Rainge serves as a board member for the Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG). She is a national and international lecturer on agricultural policies and land tenure rights impacting small farmers.

Rainge grew up in the southern pines of Thomasville, Georgia. Her experiences as a Master 4-H’er of Georgia, fueled her ambition to work in the field of agriculture. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1995 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida in 1998. She earned a Master of Laws in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law’s Graduate Program in Agricultural Law in 1999.