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Free Workshops to Help You Manage Risk for Your Farm

Do you… Worry about what might happen if you lose a whole crop? Have projects you dream of for your farm, but don’t have the funds to make it happen?…

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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.

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The Farmer’s Guide to the Development of New Farm Enterprises

The Farmer’s Guide to the Development of New Farm Enterprises includes information on developing value-added products, identifying new farm opportunities, on-farm processing, selling your products, and more.

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3rd Annual Crop Hop Set for September 3, 2015


The 3rd Annual Crop Hop will take place on Sunday, September 3, 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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The Year in Review: 2014

As we get ready to spring forward and transition into a season of renewal, we would like to share with you some of RAFI’s accomplishments from the past year. Get all the exciting news here…

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RAFI Celebrates National Farmworker Awareness Week 2015

Tomorrow begins National Farmworker Awareness Week 2015 to raise awareness about farmworker conditions and to honor their important contributions to us every day. NFAW was started by Student Action with…

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NCGA Members Lift Fracking Moratorium

As per SB 786, which passed in 2014, regulations developed by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) to govern natural gas development through hydraulic fracturing go into effect…