Yearly Archives: 2011

24 posts

GMO Contamination & Organic Farmers

When Michael Sligh testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee in the fall of 2011, he talked about the need for more corporate responsibility and government oversight on the issue of GMO contamination of non-genetically engineered crops, including organic crops.

Press Release: Poultry Growers Gain New Protections

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 […]

Workshops & Open Farm Events in the Western Piedmont – Part I

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.

Guest Post: Poultry Growers Need the GIPSA Rule

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 […]

Hurricane Irene Damage in Eastern NC

RAFI-USA field staff Joe Schroeder and Julius Tillery traveled across eastern NC on Tuesday Aug. 30, to bring water and food to farmers and people in need from Hurricane Irene.

RAFI-USA staff participates in Farm Aid’s Advocacy Convening…

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 […]