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From the Farmstand

From the Farmstand is a blog written by staff of the Rural Advancement Foundation International covering key issues relevant to the development of markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms.

Recent Posts

  • rafi-fruits-veggies Free Workshops to Help You Manage Risk for Your Farm (5/27/2015) - 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?...
  • NHBW_Square_Ad Discussion with The Livestock Conservancy about New Heritage Breeds Awareness Campaign (5/19/2015) -   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...
  • Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 3.34.06 PM Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Focuses on the Poultry Industry (5/18/2015) - 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...
  • Many many chickens RAFI’s New Contract Poultry Page is Up! (5/15/2015) - 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...
  • Contract_Ag_Chickens_eating #TBT: Revisiting “The Plucking of the American Chicken Farmer” — 15 Years Later (5/14/2015) - 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.
  • InternetAccessMap-5.12.2015-v2 Mapping Farm Internet Usage in North Carolina (5/12/2015) - Looking at Internet Access data from the 2012 US Census of Agriculture, internet usage on farms is high in North Carolina.
  • PolicyCount A Whole Year of Whole Farm – The (Preliminary) Data is in! (5/7/2015) - 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.
  • pickle jar(1) #TBT: What Does This Pickle Jar Have to Do with RAFI? (4/30/2015) - 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...
  • Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 2.36.14 PM Piedmont Come to the Table: Conference Program Now Available! (4/29/2015) - 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...
  • 2011_RAFI_Matthew_Garret_copy_009 Postponed: Resourceful Farmer Workshop (4/29/2015) - 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).
  • KWaller #TBT: Celebrating the Life of Kathryn Waller, Past RAFI Board President (4/23/2015) - 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...
  • 1_SeedsandBreeds The Year in Review: 2014 (3/24/2015) - 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...
  • Farmworker Awareness Week-1 RAFI Celebrates National Farmworker Awareness Week 2015 (3/23/2015) - 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...
  • NC-general-assembly-senate-house-thom-tillis-pat-berger1-300x187 NCGA Members Lift Fracking Moratorium (3/17/2015) - 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...
  • HandswithSeeds USDA Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence of GMO and Non-GMO Crops Held in Raleigh, NC (3/12/2015) - The USDA recently convened a Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence in Raleigh, NC. This invitation-only event was organized to address what happens when non-GMO crops are contaminated by GMO pollen. The...
  • 2015 CTTT Conference Banner Come to the Table: Conference on Hunger and Agriculture Returns to Sylva, NC (3/12/2015) - For Immediate Release March 11, 2015 CONTACT: Francesca Hyatt [email protected] (919) 323-7587 Come to the Table: Conference on Hunger and Agriculture Returns to Sylva, NC  Pittsboro, NC–-The Come to the...
  • nc-ag-awareness-day-2015-logo Help Make a Difference in the Future of NC Agriculture (3/6/2015) - On Wednesday March 18, RAFI will participate in the NC Ag Awareness Day at the North Carolina General Assembly. The Ag Awareness Day is an opportunity for the voices of...
  • Guidebook Cover web Come to the Table Guidebook, Second Edition Released (2/27/2015) - When I began working with the Come to the Table Project in 2012, I knew that I was entering a community grounded in the good work of many others. Claire...
  • PFW Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, author of Taking Food Public, Keynotes Food and Faith Conference (2/20/2015) - For Immediate Release Feb 20, 2015 CONTACT: Francesca Hyatt [email protected] (919) 542-1396 Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, author of Taking Food Public, to Keynote Food and Faith Conference Pittsboro, NC--The Come to...
  • ScottMarlow_ED_RAFI Congrats to Farm Aid on Grammy Honors and 30 Amazing Years! (2/19/2015) - We congratulate our friends at Farm Aid on being honored at the Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert...

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