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Press Release: RAFI-USA Welcomes New Executive Leadership

RAFI-USA is pleased to welcome new Executive Director, Edna Rodriguez, and new Associate Director, Sally Lee. Former Executive Director, Scott Marlow, will be stepping into a new role as Sr. Policy Specialist. RAFI-USA is looking forward to growing our new team by hiring for two new positions in 2018.

Agricultural Reinvestment Fund Announces 2016 Grant Awards

The Agricultural Reinvestment Fund is off to its 19th year in providing cost-share grants to 25 farmer-led projects in North Carolina. Each year, this competitive grant program selects a handful of farmers who have great project ideas that focus on innovation, enterprise development, and growing a successful, sustainable family farm business. Originally called the Tobacco […]

UPDATE: Farmers, Stay Ahead of Winter Storms

With much of the south expecting moderate to heavy snow and ice this weekend, make sure you and your farm is prepared for the worst, should it happen. Please note:  this information is updated for programs current to January 2016. Before the Storm Before the storm, be sure you and your family are prepared for […]

#TBT: Revisiting the Peanut Project: A Model of Farmer-Centered Innovation

To celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we’ve started a new series that combines reflections on our history with the popular “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT) social media trend. Look for new articles tagged with #TBT here on Thursdays and join us for a look back on our history of working alongside farmers and rural communities. RAFI […]

Rev. Joyner in the Running for CNN Hero of the Year

We at RAFI are delighted, and not a bit surprised, that Reverend Richard Joyner has been named a CNN hero of the year. We became acquainted with him and his ambitious projects at the Conetoe Family Life Center about five years ago. The Conetoe Family Life Center Farm received a grant from RAFI in 2014. The grant was used to support the training of 40 youth in an agricultural entrepreneurial program. We are honored to be able to support their good work and wish Rev. Joyner all the best in the CNN contest.

You can read more on our blog and cast your VOTE on CNN’s website here for this real-life everyday hero!

Managing Risk: Making the Farmer’s Market a Rewarding Experience

Risk management is a cornerstone of RAFI’s work with farmers. In the general sense, this means identifying financial risks and developing strategies to minimize their impact. In the agricultural realm, some strategies include crop insurance, diversifying production, and exploring new markets. Working on the consumer side of things through my position as Local Foods Access […]

New “Farmer’s Guide to Agricultural Credit” Fact Sheets Released

RAFI started the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund program in 1997 to assist transitioning farmers and rural communities in finding new ways to replace lost tobacco income. It was an aspiration that farmers whose new projects succeeded would find additional capital to grow their new businesses and that they could take their experiences with the Agricultural Reinvestment […]

A Renewed Call To Action

A new study by Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, and the USDA[1], documents major sweeping declines in US agricultural biodiversity over the last 34 years, with an overall decline in some regions and only two regions showing any increases. This lack of agricultural biodiversity remains one of RAFI’s major concerns as well. The […]