“GIPSA Rider” Not Included in House Subcommittee Draft Bill

For Immediate Release June 18, 2015 CONTACT: James Robinson james@rafiusa.org (919) 542-1396 ext 209 “GIPSA Rider” Not Included in House Subcommittee Draft Bill The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee draft bill excludes…

Should Crop Insurance Be Part of Your Farm Risk Management Plan?

RAFI and Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) have just released the first recording of a series of online webinars designed to help you manage risk on your farm. Click on…

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John Oliver Viewer’s Guide

HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver recently featured a segment on chicken farmers and the poultry industry. RAFI has a long history working with poultry farmers for reform in…

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Free Risk Management Workshop & Dinner for Kentucky Farmers

Workshop on Risk Management Tools & RAFI’s New Online Resource for Farmers Do you have a plan for managing risk on your farm? Join Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) staff…

RAFI staff assisted farmers with surveying damage and understanding how to properly document losses for filing insurance claims.

#TBT: As Storm Season Begins, Looking Back at Hurricane Floyd

With the official start of hurricane season just days behind us, we look back at one of the worst hurricanes to hit the Southern US in recent history, how it impacted farmers in the region and changed our own approach to disaster assistance and farm risk management.

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Free Workshops to Help Farmers Manage Risk

Join ASAP, along with the Rural Advancement Foundation International, NC Cooperative Extension, and Farm Service Agency (FSA) for a series of FREE workshops designed to help farmers manage risk on the farm. To participate in this online workshop series all you need is a computer and internet access. Register online or over the phone (828-236-1282) to receive your log in information for these online trainings. Learn more here…

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Discussion with The Livestock Conservancy about New Heritage Breeds Awareness Campaign

  Today, we are featuring an organization that shares our vision to protect agricultural genetic diversity. The Livestock Conservancy is sponsoring the very first annual National Heritage Breeds Week! National…

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Focuses on the Poultry Industry

Playing Chicken “How can the people who make the meat we eat the most barely be making a living?” – John Oliver   On Sunday, HBO aired a new episode…

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RAFI’s New Contract Poultry Page is Up!

RAFI invites you to visit our new & updated Contract Agriculture Reform website, unveiled only hours ago. We’ve been working hard to bring you new resources, content, and stories. Please…

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#TBT: Revisiting “The Plucking of the American Chicken Farmer” — 15 Years Later

In 1999, The Baltimore Sun ran a three-part series on the poultry industry and the farmers caught up in the abusive contracts and paralyzing debt that have since become all too common in contract poultry production. The series began with “The Plucking of the American Chicken Farmer,” which detailed the ruination of poultry farmers and pinpointed how some major companies were even cheating their growers. Collectively, the series presented 10 months of investigative work conducted by reporters Dan Fesperman and Kate Shatzkin.

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Mapping Farm Internet Usage in North Carolina

Looking at Internet Access data from the 2012 US Census of Agriculture, internet usage on farms is high in North Carolina.

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A Whole Year of Whole Farm – The (Preliminary) Data is in!

Last year 838 AGR and AGR-Lite policies were sold in the US. Thus far 1,120 WFRP policies have been sold in 2015 – an increase of 282 policies, or 34%, over AGR and AGR-Lite combined.

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#TBT: What Does This Pickle Jar Have to Do with RAFI?

To celebrate our 25th anniversary as an independent nonprofit this year, we’ve started a new series that combines reflections on our history with the popular “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT) social media…

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Piedmont Come to the Table: Conference Program Now Available!

When eight inches of snow descended on the Piedmont area on February 26th, and many of our staff lost power in their homes, we knew we made the right decision to cancel…

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Postponed: Resourceful Farmer Workshop

Do you have a plan for managing risk on your farm? Join RAFI staff members in discussing crucial farm risk management issues and develop a plan for better addressing risk on your farm. Please note: This workshop has been postponed until another date in May or June (TBD).

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Come to the Table Conference: Elon, NC

The Piedmont Come to the Table Conference will take place on May 28, 2015 in Elon, NC.

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Texas Drought Webinar Recording

This webinar features Scott Marlow and discusses disaster assistance programs, continuing drought response, and available resources.

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#TBT: Celebrating the Life of Kathryn Waller, Past RAFI Board President

To celebrate our 25th anniversary as an independent nonprofit this year, we’ve started a new series on our blog, combining reflections on our history with the popular “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT) trend on social media… Today we celebrate former Executive Director, Kathryn Waller…

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Action Alert: Ban Forced Pooling in NC

NC Residents:  Please ask you legislators to support HB 586 The North Carolina House will begin debating HB 586 this week. The bill would ban forced pooling in North Carolina…

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Revised & Updated: The Farmer’s Guide to Agricultural Credit

Accessing capital is one of the many challenges facing farmers. This guide is aimed at helping farmers get ready to ask a lender for the financing needed in new and innovative ventures. When used as part of an overall enterprise development strategy, it can help farmers and lenders achieve mutually beneficial results when they sit down to do business.