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Farm Aid Names RAFI-USA as 2019 Grantee

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lisa Misch, [email protected], 919-542-1396 ext. 2207 
Program Contact:
Tyler Whitley, [email protected], 919-542-1396 ext. 2220

[Durham, NC, December 23, 2019] – 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.

With the support of Farm Aid, RAFI-USA provides in-depth counseling to farmers at critical times of their lives, like crisis, beginning farmers, and transitioning farmers. We provide expertise in mitigating financial crises, inter- generational farm transfers, accessing federal programs, and developing new farm enterprises. We also work with organizations and communities across the United States, helping climate change affected farmers, increasing the likelihood of their sustainability.

We pursue systemic reforms that increase the ability of farmers to provide healthy food & wholesome products, while increasing their potential for economic viability. These include credit reforms, risk management, disaster assistance, contract farming reforms, and loan guarantee reforms.

With the grant provided to RAFI-USA from Farm Aid in 2018, RAFI-USA’s Farm Advocacy program was able to assist farmers in crisis by providing resources to recoup loses and keep farmers and their families in their homes and on their farms.

About the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA) & Farmers of Color Network

RAFl-USA’s mission is to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms. RAFI-USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pittsboro, North Carolina and incorporated in 1990. The Farmers of Color Network is a project of RAFI-USA that supports farmers of color.

RAFI-USA staff are currently working remotely. As we plan for how COVID-19 will change both how we do our work, and what work needs to be done, please know that we are still here. Our Farmer Hotline (866-586-6746) will operate from Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Stay tuned for more updates and information.
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