Today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it would terminate the Interim Final Farmer Fair Practice Rule that was set to go into effect October 19th. Farmers have been calling out to USDA for over a decade to hold big business in livestock industries accountable for unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices. This action today is a step in the wrong direction for rural America, siding with Big Meat and against farmers.

USDA Betrays Farmers by Terminating Fair Practice Rules

So far, 2017 has been a whirlwind year for our Contract Agriculture Reform Program. We held two premieres of our documentary film, Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and we later held screenings across the country that reached more than 500 people. We’re still riding that wave of initial success to expand our program and our impact.

The Campaign Continues: Under Contract & More from Contract Ag

A short questionnaire has been developed by our “Bring Back the Bees Campaign” project, and all information you provide will be confidential. The purpose of this survey is to understand and assess best practices and policies necessary to restore, increase, and protect pollinator habitat and to protect food security and farmer viability. Please click here to take our Pollinator Survey! 

Farmers: Tell Us About Your Farm’s Pollinators!

The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) has office spaces available for rent as well as our conference facility, the Dan Pollitt Center. The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) has office spaces available for rent as well as our conference facility, the Dan Pollitt Center. All proceeds from rentals benefit our 501c3 nonprofit organization, which works to create conditions for a dependable supply of safe food, sustainability for family farmers, and vibrant rural communities. Our private offices are situated on three beautiful, secluded acres in the small town of Pittsboro, located in central North Carolina. Suffused by natural light with large windows, quiet individual offices offer an ideal space for clearing the mind and focusing energy. Passive solar technology and daylighting are used throughout the office.

Office Space & Conference Center for Rent

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Disaster Assistance Deadlines

At this critical moment in our shared history, we at RAFI reaffirm our commitment to stand with and fight for those who face injustice, exploitation, or discrimination. We condemn violence and intimidation, as most recently displayed in Charlottesville, Virginia and other cities across our country. We stand in solidarity with all people and organizations across the country that work to oppose bigotry and exploitation.

Before, After, and Beyond Charlottesville

Third Thursday Films kicks off its 2017-2018 season with “Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print,” at 7pm on Thursday, September 21 at the GMP Hall, 350 Hudson Avenue, Newark. The film is co-sponsored by The Canal Market District and the Rural Advancement Fund International-USA (RAFI-USA). Following the film, there will be a discussion with a panel of farmers from the Canal Market in Newark: Carie and Jarrod Starr from Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch and Jesse Rickard from Fox Hollow Farm

Release: Under Contract Screening Sept. 21st at The Freedom School in Ohio