The Farmstand: RAFI’s Blog

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New Livestock and Poultry Competition Rules Published

The criteria laid out in this rule are heavily skewed in favor of large, transnational corporations rather than the farmers and ranchers laboring to produce our food. We urge the USDA to take action that balances the distorted power dynamics between farmers and corporations.

Job Posting: Development Manager

This position will be responsible for overseeing RAFI-USA’s fundraising strategies in collaboration with the Executive Director and key program staff. This position will also be responsible for assessing program area […]

Farm Aid Names RAFI-USA as 2019 Grantee

RAFI -USA is thrilled to share the recent announcement of Farm Aid’s 2019 grantee list. For 30 year’s RAFI-USA has been awarded grants from Farm Aid to continue our on- on-one personal farmer assistance that is so desperately needed to keep family farms in business.

Food Purchasers Show their Support for Sourcing from Farmers of Color

The Farmers of Color Network, a project of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA), hosted a Farmers & Buyers Connect event at Zweli’s Piri Piri Kitchen in Durham. The event was sponsored by PNC Bank. More than 50 local farmers of color, chefs, and retail and wholesale buyers participated in the inaugural networking event.

Blue Cross NC Boosts Access to Healthy Food for Triangle Residents at Area Farmers’ Markets Through “Double Bucks” Program

RAFI-USA will provide all participating markets with coordination, assistance and technical aid to implement SNAP/EBT payments. The funding from Blue Cross NC will support the health of the community by providing funding to increase food access, strengthening the local economy by supporting small farmers, and allowing participating markets to build upon pre-existing incentive programs.

Congressional Briefing: Specialty Crop Risk Management

Improvements to the Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) Program and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) could create a cascade of benefits to the ag sector, particularly for specialty crop growers and beginning farmers not currently covered by crop insurance.

Global Food Week of Action 2019

From October 14-18, 2019, the RAFI-USA Come to the Table team published a series of blog posts in recognition of Global Food Week of Action.

Get to Know Your Elected Officials

As a constituent rooted in your community, you’re an expert and bring an authenticity that a professional lobbyist never will. When done right, in-person visits are one of the most effective ways to make your voice heard, especially if you visit multiple times.