Aaron Johnson

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Aaron is the Program Manager for the Challenging Corporate Power Program at RAFI-USA, working to end trends of concentration and extraction in the meat industry and build resilient community-rooted animal agriculture economies. Prior to joining RAFI-USA, he worked as a program designer and evaluator for several youth asset-building nonprofits in Durham, NC. Originally from Illinois, Aaron grew up spending his summers on his grandfather’s hog and dairy farm, and later working as a farmhand on his uncle’s hog farm. These formative experiences shaped Aaron’s passion for fighting for more ecologically just food systems.

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USDA’s Farmer Fairness Portal: An FAQ

Learn about the USDA’s Farmer Fairness Portal to report an experience or observation of a possible violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act or other federal fair competition laws in the livestock sector.

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USDA’s Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program

Learn more about the USDA’s Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program which provides $1 billion in guaranteed loans to “facilitate financing for the start-up or expansion of activities in the middle of the food supply chain, particularly the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, or distribution of food, to increase capacity and help create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain.”

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Eight Questions You Might Not Know You Have About the Packers and Stockyards Act

Earlier this year, the USDA announced that it would propose three rule changes related to the Packers and Stockyards Act to strengthen its ability to enforce the protections afforded by the Act to U.S. farmers. The good news is that the current political landscape offers our best chance in years to secure the reforms contract farmers need.