The Guardian just ran an excellent article featuring interviews with farmers from our new film Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print and the film’s co-director, Sally Lee, who also directs our program on Contract Agriculture Reform.
Sally Lee, program director at Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, issued the following statement: “We are shocked to hear that the USDA is delaying the implementation of rules that are meant to provide basic rights and protections to farmers and agricultural communities. This decision poses a real threat to independent livestock and poultry businesses in the U.S. – it also ignores the voices of American farmers, who risked retaliation to show their clear and strong support for these rules.
For the first time in a full-length documentary, farmers tell their stories and experts reveal how the corporate agricultural production model pits farmer against farmer. Join us as we travel across the American South and to Southern India to understand what’s happening to farmers living under contract and what we can do to change our food system for the better.
The Agricultural Reinvestment Fund is entering its 20th year in providing cost-share grants to innovative farmer-led projects in North Carolina. Each year, this competitive grant program selects a handful of farmers who have amazing ideas that focus on innovation, enterprise development, and growing a successful, sustainable family farm business.