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Watch Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print

About Under Contract

For the first time in a full-length documentary, contract farmers tell their stories and industry experts reveal how the corporate production model pits farmer against farmer. Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print takes audiences on a road trip across the American South and to Southern India to understand what’s happening to farmers living under contract and what we can do to change our food system for the better.

The story of the contract farmer is the story of what’s changing in rural America. Power in agriculture is changing hands, but few people know what’s happening to the farmers producing our food.

Under Contract tells this story through the lens of global poultry farming. In the U.S. alone, 97% of the chicken produced is raised by family farmers under contract with large companies. Around the world and all across agriculture, contract farming is taking hold. But farmers who sign contracts often face unfair challenges and hidden risks under the terms that are offered by large firms. Under Contract provides a timely glimpse into the little understood fine print of modern agriculture.

All proceeds from this film will support our direct work with farmers in financial crisis, and our work to level the playing field for farmers under contract. We’ve also made the film available for free to farmers.

RAFI & Under Contract In the News

  • The Guardian – Fowl play: the chicken farmers being bullied by big poultry
  • The New York Times – Farmers Dismayed That USDA Delays Fair Practice Rule (via the Associated Press) 
  • Huffington Post – Trump Administration Hits Small Farmers With More Bad News
  • Associated Press – Chicken farmers say processors treat them like servants
  • Food Republic – This Film Blows The Doors Off The Chicken-Farming Industry
  • Bloomberg – Trump Must Choose Between Farmers and ‘Big Meat’
  • POLITICO – Chicken farmers hope Trump will jump on GIPSA train
  • NPR – After A Long Fight, New Rules Defend Small Farmers. For Now.
  • The Wall Street Journal – USDA Issues New Rules Aimed at Protecting Farmers
  • Mother Jones – Obama’s USDA Just Played Chicken With the Trump Transition Team
  • Paste Magazine – Talking Under Contract with Sally Lee

Press and Media Inquiries: Please contact Lisa Misch at [email protected]

Farmers, please go here to get your copy of the film! All others can view the film on Vimeo.

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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