Rural Cooperative Development

USDA Rural Development In 2014, RAFI was awarded a grant by USDA’s Rural Development agency to established our new Center for Rural Cooperative and Farm Enterprise Development. We are currently advising six agricultural producer groups that are seeking to form collaborative and cooperative enterprises. Among the groups we’re advising are farms and collaborative groups at various stages of development. These groups are located across North and South Carolina, Kentucky, and Florida. Our staff and partners provide technical assistance and enterprise development resources and training to help farmers achieve their goals and attain financial stability and success. Project Highlights One of the groups we’re advising this year is the Hispanic Women in Agriculture group located in North and South Carolina. We have worked with the members of the group for several years on other issues related to their farm business. See our blog post from last year: NC Farmers and RAFI Collaborate with USDA RMA to Improve Whole-Farm Revenue Insurance
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.