• RAFI's Crop Hop 2015
    September 2, 2015

    New Video: Do the Crop Hop, Y’all!

    We started the Crop Hop three years ago as a way to bring our community together to celebrate family farmers and farm advocates. I can’t think of a ...
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    August 27, 2015

    Historic Changes to Whole Farm Revenue P...

    Farmers interested in signing up for WFRP will have the opportunity beginning September 1, 2015.
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    July 16, 2015

    RAFI E-NEWS Spring/Summer 2015

    Welcome to RAFI E-News! In an effort to keep our supporters informed and involved in RAFI’s work on behalf of family farmers, we will now be pub...
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    June 11, 2015

    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 wi...
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    May 18, 2015

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Focus...

    Playing Chicken “How can the people who make the meat we eat the most barely be making a living?” – John Oliver   On Sunday, HB...
RAFI's Crop Hop 2015

New Video: Do the Crop Hop, Y’all!

We started the Crop Hop three years ago as a way to bring our community together to celebrate family farmers and farm advocates. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate here in the North Carolina Piedmont: delicious food, talented local musicians, and a boot-stompin’ square dance. Sounds about right! (Check out our new video for the event here.)

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Recording of ‘Oil and Gas Leasing in North Carolina’ Webinar

In recent years, some North Carolina landowners have been presented with the opportunity to sign oil and gas leases, which would give oil and gas companies the right to conduct hydraulic…

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RMA Announces Historic Crop Insurance Reforms to Whole Farm Revenue Protection

Today the Risk Management Agency of the USDA announced major changes to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), including expanded access to beginning farmers and making the policy available in every state and county in the country. These changes will be effective starting in the 2016 crop year.

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“Unequal Lives”: New Report by Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative

The Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Social and Economic Justice (SRBWI), has sponsored a report titled “Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South.”…

RMA Moves to Increase Beginning Farmer and Livestock Farmer Access to Whole Farm Revenue Protection

For Immediate Release August 19, 2015 Contact: James Robinson james@rafiusa.org 919-542-1396 ext. 209 RMA Moves to Increase Beginning Farmer and Livestock Farmer Access to Whole Farm Revenue Protection Last week,…

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NC farm numbers gradually decrease between 2007 – 2012, however some counties grow in farms

It’s generally known that the number of farms in the US is decreasing overall. But where does this information come from? The US Census of Agriculture is used to determine…

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#TBT: When Black Farmers Prevailed: Remembering the Historic Pigford Case

To mark our 25th anniversary this year, we’ve started a new series that combines reflections on our history with the popular “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT) social media trend.

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3rd Annual Crop Hop Set for September 13, 2015


The 3rd Annual Crop Hop will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the Pittsboro Roadhouse in Pittsboro, NC.
100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit RAFI’s Farm Sustainability program and our work on behalf of family farmers.

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Action Alert: Stop the GE “Dark” Act

This week the US House Agriculture Committee passed HR 1599 (aka the “D.A.R.K. Act” or “Denying Americans the Right To Know Act”). If passed, the bill would effectively end the rights of states and local governments to label and regulate GE food products. Take action now!

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RAFI E-NEWS Spring/Summer 2015

Welcome to RAFI E-News! In an effort to keep our supporters informed and involved in RAFI’s work on behalf of family farmers, we will now be publishing a biannual e-newsletter….

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Fifth-Generation Farmer Renovates Historic Grist Mill

Butch Byrum is a fifth-generation cotton farmer who was awarded an Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant to renovate an historic grist mill to produce organic cornmeal and revitalize a community asset.

Job Announcement: Contract Grant Writer

The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) is seeking external support to maintain and increase its foundation and government grant funding. Close Date: July 31, 2015.

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In the Field: Photos from Olan Path Farm

Calyb Hare is a young farmer with long-standing family ties to the land. He grows a variety of vegetables for his CSA on a small, diversified farm in coastal North Carolina. In 2015, he received a grant from our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund to help expand his production of heirloom beans and create a shelf-stable dried and packaged bean product for local and regional markets.

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Hydroponics Operation Spurs Innovation in Rural Sampson County

Wendy and Jeff Woolard of Autryville, NC sell honey and hydroponically-grown produce to local markets in Sampson and Cumberland counties. This is their first year producing vegetables for market. They were disappointed by the quality of produce they found in local stores, much of which was imported when it was possible to grow the same types of vegetables locally. They decided to take the initiative to get fresher, higher quality vegetables onto the plates of local consumers.

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RAFI’s Kathy Zaumseil Retires After 25 Years

Kathy Zaumseil, Director of Administration, a strong and tranquil presence at RAFI, officially retired in March of this year after over a quarter century of service with the organization. She…

RAFI Producer Survey on Whole Farm Revenue Protection

Executive Summary RAFI, along with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Farm Credit Council, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension, distributed a survey to farmers in effort…

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Nominations Open for FSA County Committees

Want to be part of making policies that better help farmers in your area? Nominations are now being accepted for new members of local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee. Farmers can nominate themselves or other farmers to be on the committee. Nomination forms are available from your local FSA office and are due by August 3rd, 2015. For more information on how to run for the committee, contact Kavita at 919-621-0534 or kavita@rafiusa.org.

“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…