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    January 21, 2016

    UPDATE: Farmers, Stay Ahead of Winter St...

    With much of the south expecting moderate to heavy snow and ice this weekend, make sure you and your farm is prepared for the worst, should it happen....
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    November 1, 2015

    Agricultural Reinvestment Fund

    Now accepting applications for 2016! Our program awards grants of up to $8,000 to individual farmers and up to $10,000 for collaborative projects.
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    October 29, 2015

    #TBT: Revisiting the Peanut Project: A M...

    To celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we’ve started a new series that combines reflections on our history with the popular “Throwback Thurs...
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    October 29, 2015

    Rev. Joyner in the Running for CNN Hero ...

    We at RAFI are delighted, and not a bit surprised, that Reverend Richard Joyner has been named a CNN hero of the year. We became acquainted with him a...
  • Marion Market
    October 13, 2015

    Managing Risk: Making the Farmer’s Mar...

    Risk management is a cornerstone of RAFI’s work with farmers. In the general sense, this means identifying financial risks and developing strategies...

Job Announcement: Beyond Hunger Relief Project Director

Job Description Position: Beyond Hunger Relief Project Director The Project Director will be responsible for the operational success of the Come to the Table project ensuring seamless project management, program…

Job Announcement: Enterprise Development & Technical Assistance Director

Job Description Position: Enterprise Development & Technical Assistance Director The Enterprise Development & Technical Assistance Director will report directly to the Executive Director while working closely with the leadership team. Responsibilities:  Program…

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Farm Ownership Microloans Announced

The cold, snowy days of winter are the best time to dig into those spring farm plans. Maybe it’s time to draft a crop rotation or plan new infrastructure. Maybe…

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UPDATE: Farmers, Stay Ahead of Winter Storms

With much of the south expecting moderate to heavy snow and ice this weekend, make sure you and your farm is prepared for the worst, should it happen. Please note: …

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Cattle to Rabbitry in Alamance County, NC

Steve Sifford of Alamance County, North Carolina received a grant through RAFI’s Agricultural Reinvestment Fund in 2015 to add the necessary infrastructure for raising rabbits including building hutches and shade structures. He grew up on a dairy farm and originally purchased land to raise cattle while working as an instructor nearby. Although Steve has a lifelong love for the cattle business, he wanted to find a new livestock product that could bring high value to the farm without needing much more land. The 40+ acre farm was already at maximum grazing capacity with the cattle and Steve did not have the capital or the desire to purchase more land. He found that rabbits could be raised with little infrastructure and land while bringing in a premium price. Read more about Steve’s story here…

Sustainable Agriculture Wins in 2016 Federal Budget

After several budget extensions, known as a Continuing Resolution or CR, Congress has agreed on a spending bill to fund the government in 2016, avoiding another government shutdown. The big news: NO GIPSA RIDER.

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Free Workshop: Grants for Farmers (FoodWorks Café, Warrenton, NC)

Please join us for a free workshop on December 10th from 6:30 to 7 pm to learn about our grant program for farmers and ag enterprises, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. We will have printed applications available at the workshop and will explain how to apply.

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#TBT: Revisiting the Peanut Project: A Model of Farmer-Centered Innovation

To celebrate 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. Look for new…

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Rev. Joyner in the Running for CNN Hero of the Year

We at RAFI are delighted, and not a bit surprised, that Reverend Richard Joyner has been named a CNN hero of the year. We became acquainted with him and his ambitious projects at the Conetoe Family Life Center about five years ago. The Conetoe Family Life Center Farm received a grant from RAFI in 2014. The grant was used to support the training of 40 youth in an agricultural entrepreneurial program. We are honored to be able to support their good work and wish Rev. Joyner all the best in the CNN contest.

You can read more on our blog and cast your VOTE on CNN’s website here for this real-life everyday hero!

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Upcoming Workshop: Grants for Farmers & Ag Enterprises Nov. 4th in Roxboro, NC

Please join us for a workshop on November 4th from 7 to 8 pm to learn about our grant program for farmers and ag enterprises, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. We will have printed applications available at the workshop and will explain how to apply.

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Upcoming Farm Tour at Waterdog Farms in Hurdle Mills, NC

Join us for a farm tour on October 18th at Waterdog Farms​ in Hurdle Mills, NC (1-3 pm). The farm received a grant from our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund this year to scale up production of their herbs and tea plants. Check out this growing farm-to-cup business and enjoy free samples of their tasty herbal teas.

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Managing Risk: Making the Farmer’s Market a Rewarding Experience

Risk management is a cornerstone of RAFI’s work with farmers. In the general sense, this means identifying financial risks and developing strategies to minimize their impact. In the agricultural realm,…

Flower Seedlings growing in the greenhouse at Bluebird Meadows made possible by the ARF grant program.

Financing & Funding Sources for Farmers

We’ve developed a list of some of the best places for farmers to start searching for funding and financing options. Check out the list here.

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#TBT: Community Seed Bank Resource Kit

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. Look for new…

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Featured Resource: Farmers’ Guide to the Microloan Program

The Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) has produced an excellent guide for farmers interested in the Farm Service Agency’s Microloan Program. Learn more and download a free copy of the guide here.

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New “Farmer’s Guide to Agricultural Credit” Fact Sheets Released

RAFI started the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund program in 1997 to assist transitioning farmers and rural communities in finding new ways to replace lost tobacco income. It was an aspiration that…

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A Renewed Call To Action

A new study by Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, and the USDA[1], documents major sweeping declines in US agricultural biodiversity over the last 34 years, with an overall…

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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