Farm Advocacy

RAFI-USA farm advocates provide expertise and guidance to save or strengthen farms. From working with lenders to dealing with disasters, our work is tailored to meet the individual needs of each farmer. We provide expert knowledge in complex lending situations, combined with more than two decades of experience fighting to keep family farmers on their land. We serve diverse farms across the Southeast, ranging from small, specialty operations to livestock and commodity operations on thousands of acres. We also operate a hotline for farmers to call when they need immediate help.

We provide farmers assistance with any of the following:

  • Farm financial viability & managing financial crisis
  • Minimizing and managing risks
  • Navigating federal farm and disaster programs
  • Assistance negotiation with lenders and creditors

Thanks to our generous donors, our services are currently provided free of charge to farmers in need. Services are offered based on our staff’s current caseload and availability. If we are unable to provide assistance, we will do our best to refer you to someone who can provide assistance.

To learn more about our services or if you are in crisis (or know someone else who is in crisis) and need someone to talk to, please call us at 919-542-1396 and press #1 for the Farmer Crisis Hotline or toll-free at 866-586-6746. The hotline is open Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm.

Resources for Farmers

Over the years, we have assembled a library of Farmer Resources and published guides to assist farmers in dealing with disasters. See our Disaster Assistance resources for information on disaster response and recovery.

Farm Advocate Link

In partnership with Farm Aid, RAFI, and others, the Farm Advocate Link connects farmers and ranchers in need to a national network of farm advocates, who provide support and referrals. Get access to advocates across the country, including farm finance experts, attorneys, rural organizers, social workers, crisis counselors, and of course, farmers themselves. Access this network through Farm Aid’s hotline (1-800-FARMAID) and [email protected]

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.