USDA Should Buy Meat from Local Processors, Not Meatpacking Monopolists!
Do you think the federal government should be required to take a holistic approach to supporting more competitive meat sectors? Check out our blog and take action by emailing or calling your legislators! The time is NOW!
Second Round of Climate Grants to be Awarded to BIPOC Organizations
RAFI-USA is pleased to announce that a second round of grants have been awarded, both to continue providing funding to previous grant recipients, and to support thirteen new organizations. Learn more here!
RAFI is currently seeking a part-time bookkeeper with previous experience working for a nonprofit organization. The position’s hours are flexible, but the person in this position must be available to work regularly during business hours (9-5 Eastern, Monday through Friday).
Through mutually beneficial and self-sustaining farm and faith relationships, congregations across the state are able to participate in the building of thriving local food systems and economies while also engaging in relational ministries with farmers in their communities.
In 2022, USDA purchased nearly half of its meat from the largest category of meat processors. Even more egregiously, 25% of USDA’s meat procurement was allocated to just four dominant meatpackers: $279 million to Tyson, $13 to Cargill, $5 million to Smithfield, and, despite its criminality, $63 million to JBS. In contrast, less that 7% of USDA’s meat procurement contracts were awarded to small meat processors serving regional food systems.
RAFI-USA is pleased to announce that a second round of grants have been awarded, both to continue providing funding to previous grant recipients, and to support thirteen new organizations. As before, the purpose of this grant is to allow organizations to engage with local communities in climate advocacy and policy work in order to develop a more inclusive Farm Bill which accurately reflects the needs of BIPOC farmers.
The two-day event included urban farm tours, locally catered dining, and a full-day resource rodeo with local partners and farmer-serving organizations. RAFI staff were also able to schedule a few farm visits along the way.
On May 2, 2023, as a part of the Pointing the Farm Bill Towards Racial Justice Summit, RAFI Policy Director Margaret Krome-Lukens participated in a Senate briefing on racial justice in the Farm Bill. She remarks on the Fair Credit for Farmers Act, and the stories that drove us to fight for this bill.