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    October 2, 2014

    Agricultural Reinvestment Fund

    Our grant program assists farmers and rural communities to develop new sources of agricultural income through the provision of cost-share grants. The ...
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    September 18, 2014

    What Made Neil Young Hug My Boss?

    Our Executive Director Scott Marlow delivered a compelling statement at Farm Aid this past weekend, and we thought we'd transcribe some of it to share...
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    September 15, 2014

    RAFI at Farm Aid 2014: Press Coverage an...

    We were honored to host Farm Aid in our own backyard here in North Carolina for this year's concert. By all accounts, Farm Aid 2014 was a smashing suc...
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RAFI Kicks off 2015 Grant Program for Farmers with Tour at Pickett Farm

This year, RAFI will celebrate 18 years of serving small and mid-scale family farmers across NC through our grant program. To kick-off a new round of grant-making through our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund, we’ve organized a farm tour with two of our current grantees on Wednesday, November 5th from 1 to 3 pm. Judy and Gene Pickett, former tobacco growers, will host the event at their multi-generational family farm in Duplin County. Additionally, Beth Kahn and Chris Pickett will be on hand to demonstrate the hog tractors they built with the help of a grant earlier this year. The event is free and open to the public and will include demonstrations of creative farm business ideas for farmers and the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

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[Media Release] Crop Insurance to be More Cost-effective for Diversified and Specialty Crop Producers

In the coming weeks, USDA is expected to release the details of a new whole-farm revenue policy, known as Whole-farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), which was required by the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA has also made significant changes to the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).

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[Media Release] RAFI Celebrates 18 Years of Awarding Grants to Farmers at Pickett Farm on Nov. 5th!

In 2015, the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) will celebrate 18 years of serving small and mid-scale family farmers across North Carolina through the organization’s innovative grant program, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. To commemorate this achievement and kick-off a new round of grant-making, RAFI will hold a major public event on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 1-3 pm. Judy and Gene Pickett, former tobacco growers and current grantees of the program, will host the event at their multi-generational family farm in Duplin County at 258 Henry Dunn Pickett Road, Beulaville, NC. Previous farmer grant recipients will be on hand at the event to speak about their projects. Farmers from across the region are expected to attend. The event is free and open to the public and will include demonstrations of creative farm business ideas for farmers and the general public. Attendees are encouraged to register online: http://rafiusa.org/kickoff2015/

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[Media Release] Initiative Launched to Increase Farmers Market Sales and Local Food Access

October 20, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Initiative Launched to Increase Farmers Market Sales and Local Food Access Two of North Carolina’s leading local food and farmer advocacy organizations have joined…