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Welcome to Organic Lawyers

On this site we examine current legal issues from the perspective of a lawyer for farmers, ranchers and other sustainable entrepreneurs. This perspective is important because independent farmers have been the foundation of every democracy since ancient Greeks first conceived of individual liberty. Protecting their legal rights preserves the organic law, which is to say the United States Constitution and each state constitution.

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Sustainability

SustainabilityThe three Es -- Economy, Ecology, Equity. To be sustainable a process must be economically viable or profitable, ecologically sound and socially equitable or just -- a modern spin on good stewardship and the golden rule.

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Markets

Markets

Adam Smith's invisible hand of the market was not invisible at all. It was and is thousands of buyers and thousands of sellers making millions of decisions every day. Currently, markets for agricultural commodities, food and energy are dominated by a few buyers (oligopsonies) or a few sellers (oligopolies).

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Farming and Ranching

Farming and Ranching

Farmers are some of the most rough looking yet highly intelligent citizens in America. They see things as others do not, because they have a view of human nature based on a difficult struggle to work and survive from the land.

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Property Rights

Property Rights

The organic laws of the United States are a firm foundation for private property. The Constitution protects, "life, liberty and property." Property rights match one's responsibility of good stewardship with the legal ability to exercise that stewardship.

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About the Author

Mr. Hentges is a 1992 graduate of the University of Texas with a juris doctorate from the School of Law and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is a 1987 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor of science in agricultural economics.

He is admitted to practice law in the States of Oklahoma and Texas and the Federal District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association and the American Agricultural Law Association.

Mr. Hentges’s legal practice is concentrated in agricultural law, civil litigation, Endangered Species Act, eminent domain and appellate law.

Phone: (405) 340 6554

Harlan Hentges P.L.L.C.

102 East Thatcher 

Edmond, OK 73034

 

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