Monthly Archives: May 2015

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Free Workshops to Help Farmers Manage Risk

Join ASAP, along with the RAFI, NC Cooperative Extension, and the Farm Service Agency for a series of FREE workshops designed to help farmers manage risk on the farm. Register online or by phone (828-236-1282).

RAFI’s New Contract Poultry Page is Up!

RAFI invites you to visit our new & updated Contract Agriculture Reform website, unveiled only hours ago. We’ve been working hard to bring you new resources, content, and stories. Please […]

#TBT: Revisiting “The Plucking of the American Chicken Farmer” — 15 Years Later

In 1999, The Baltimore Sun ran a three-part series on the poultry industry and the farmers caught up in the abusive contracts and paralyzing debt that have since become all too common in contract poultry production. The series began with “The Plucking of the American Chicken Farmer,” which detailed the ruination of poultry farmers and pinpointed how some major companies were even cheating their growers. Collectively, the series presented 10 months of investigative work conducted by reporters Dan Fesperman and Kate Shatzkin.