Yearly Archives: 2017

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NC Farmers: Apply Now for 2018 Grants!

  We’re thrilled to announce that we are accepting inquiries and applications for our 2018 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund cost-share grants. The grant program assists entrepreneurial and innovative farmers and collaborative […]

One Day of Giving Thanks Isn’t Enough: #GivingTuesday

Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and give back in better, smarter ways to the organizations and causes they support

RAFI-USA Welcomes New Executive Leadership

RAFI-USA is pleased to welcome new Executive Director, Edna Rodriguez, and new Associate Director, Sally Lee. Former Executive Director Scott Marlow will be stepping into a new role as Sr. Policy Specialist. RAFI-USA is looking forward to growing our new team, hiring two new positions, Development Director and Communications Manager in 2018.

USDA Betrays Farmers by Terminating Fair Practice Rules

Today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it would terminate the Interim Final Farmer Fair Practice Rule that was set to go into effect October 19th. Farmers have been calling out to USDA for over a decade to hold big business in livestock industries accountable for unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices. This action today is a step in the wrong direction for rural America, siding with Big Meat and against farmers.

Farmers visit Congress

The Campaign Continues: Under Contract & More from Contract Ag

So far, 2017 has been a whirlwind year for our Contract Agriculture Reform Program. We held two premieres of our documentary film, Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and we later held screenings across the country that reached more than 500 people. We’re still riding that wave of initial success to expand our program and our impact.

A Poultry Grower’s Guide to FSA Loans

Contract poultry farmers face many challenges in running their businesses. One of those challenges is getting accurate and complete information about the risks involved, and about the financial options available […]

Farmers: Tell Us About Your Farm’s Pollinators!

A short questionnaire has been developed by our “Bring Back the Bees Campaign” project, and all information you provide will be confidential. The purpose of this survey is to understand and assess best practices and policies necessary to restore, increase, and protect pollinator habitat and to protect food security and farmer viability. Please click here to take our Pollinator Survey!