Lisa Misch

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In addition to serving as chair of RAFI-USA's Direct Service Team, Lisa is the Director of Farmer Outreach and Technical Assistance. Prior to joining RAFI-USA, Lisa served as the AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, WI and has worked on small, sustainable farms in the Midwest and internationally. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College.

USDA Debt and Discrimination Relief

On October 18, USDA made an announcement regarding the first of several phases of critical debt relief assistance to farmers. This blog summarizes what debt relief has already occurred and what farmers may expect next. 
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FSA Forms to Have on File and Why

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides a wide range of programs and services for farmers, such as farm loans, disaster relief programs, and conservation programs. In this blog, we share the benefits of having an active FSA record and some tips for how to do so.
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Prepping for and Handling Hurricane Ian

This summary of resources and tips for farmers and farm-serving organizations describes how to prepare, respond, and recover from natural disasters, like Hurricane Ian. We will continue to update this article as recovery efforts continue.
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Webinar — How to work with FSA

Check out a video of a webinar in which we explored best practices for working with your local FSA office. After tips and practices were shared, two farmers detailed their experience and advice.
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COVID-19 Relief Resources for Farmers

An updated summary of some of the currently available opportunities for farmers seeking pandemic relief. Some of the programs listed below also apply to farmers markets, food hubs, and other food system intermediaries.
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Hurricane Ida Recovery for Farmers and Ranchers

Farmers and ranchers impacted by Ida may be eligible for a variety of disaster recovery programs. This blog includes a summary of currently available programs, expected programs to open soon, and general information about disaster recovery for farmers.
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