Disaster Programs and the Changing Face of Agriculture in North Carolina explores the growing gap between the needs of North Carolina farmers and the protection provided by federal disaster programs.
PRESS RELEASE New rule issued by the USDA addresses unfair industry practices, leaves gaps CONTACT: Becky Ceartas (919) 621-8453, [email protected] December 8, 2011 A new rule issued by the Department of Agriculture protects contract poultry farmers from unfair practices, but restrictions placed on the USDA by Congress mean important sections were left out, growers and […]
As the 2011 RAFI Farmer grant cycle draws to a close, folks are busy finishing their projects and organizing outreach events. One of the commitments that grantees make when receiving a grant is that they will find a way to share best practices and lessons learned with other farmers. Often they create events that are multi-faceted and open to the general public. Here are a few that you may want to attend.
By Mickey Box, Poultry grower, Arkansas Last month, the Ukrainian company that bought two North Carolina Townsend plants shut them down, laying off hundreds of workers and terminating the contracts of more than 150 contract poultry growers. As a poultry grower, I know how devastating a lost contract would be. Poultry growers are often hundreds […]
From August 11th to August 13th, RAFI-USA co-hosted with Farm Aid a historic farm-advocates gathering. The “National Meeting of Farm Advocates” took place at the National Agricultural Hall of Fame Museum in Bonner Springs, Kansas. This event, led by RAFI-USA’s interim Executive Director Scott Marlow and Farm Aid’s Joel Morton, brought together many of the […]