Lisa Misch

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In addition to supporting RAFI-USA financial and operations management, Lisa coordinates the Fresh Bucks Farmers Market Incentive program and serves as Coordinator for RAFI-USA’s Policy Team. Prior to joining RAFI-USA, Lisa served as the AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, WI where she managed the Tribe’s farmers market. Lisa has previous experience working on small, sustainable farms in the Midwest and internationally. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College. Outside of RAFI-USA, Lisa spends her time singing, learning to play the violin, and working on her ever-growing reading list.

Action Alert: Securing Support for Farmers in Senate C4 Bill

Two months ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act to address the coronavirus pandemic, which included provisions related to agriculture. In order for any part of the bill to become law, the Senate will need to pass its own version.

Farmer Eligibility for SBA COVID-19 Relief Programs

The Small Business Administration (SBA) opened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program specifically for agricultural businesses. RAFI-USA recommends that farmers and ranchers in need apply as soon as possible, since demand for the funds will be high.

Crop Insurance and COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted production and marketing of agricultural goods globally. It is critical that producers understand eligible causes of loss in crop insurance when making difficult production decisions.

Applications Now Open! Emergency Relief Mini-Grants for NC Farmers

As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold day to day, RAFI-USA recognizes that farmers across the country are facing extreme difficulties. To help lessen the financial toll of this outbreak, RAFI-USA is distributing emergency relief grants in the amount of $500 for NC farmers who have seen drastic impacts to their business and household as a result of COVID-19.

RAFI-USA COVID-19 Policy Response Recommendations

RAFI-USA continues to monitor the evolving impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on farmers and farmworkers. The policy recommendations within are in response to what we know so far. This post will grow and change as the situation changes and we continue to hear from those who keep us fed.

Take Action TODAY to Support Farmers During COVID-19

The impacts of coronavirus on agriculture and our food system are still evolving, but you can make a difference today. Congress is currently debating a coronavirus economic stimulus bill, and you can help make sure that the farmers and farmworkers who keep us fed are included in that support. This legislation is moving quickly, so today is your best window to make an impact.