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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

  • Piglets for Slider Historic Changes to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (8/27/2015) - Farmers interested in signing up for WFRP will have the opportunity beginning September 1, 2015.
  • Alix-pics-for-spring-2011-021-150x150 RMA Announces Historic Crop Insurance Reforms to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (8/27/2015) - 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.
  • RAFI's Crop Hop 2015 New Video: Do the Crop Hop, Y’all! (8/25/2015) - 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.)
  • Unequal Lives Image “Unequal Lives”: New Report by Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative (8/24/2015) - 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 (8/19/2015) - 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,...
  • Net Change In Farm Operations NC 2007 - 2012 NC farm numbers gradually decrease between 2007 – 2012, however some counties grow in farms (8/18/2015) - 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...
  • hammer-719066_640 #TBT: When Black Farmers Prevailed: Remembering the Historic Pigford Case (8/13/2015) - 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.
  • *2015Spring-Summer NewsletterSlider RAFI E-NEWS Spring/Summer 2015 (7/16/2015) - 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....
  • The newer, gas powered mill that Butch plans to restore. Fifth-Generation Farmer Renovates Historic Grist Mill (7/15/2015) - 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.
  • Calyb-Hare-Speckled-Beans-Feature In the Field: Photos from Olan Path Farm (7/10/2015) - 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.
  • 20150625_103212 Hydroponics Operation Spurs Innovation in Rural Sampson County (7/8/2015) - 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.
  • KathyZpic.jpg RAFI’s Kathy Zaumseil Retires After 25 Years (7/7/2015) - 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...
  • NC-general-assembly-senate-house-thom-tillis-pat-berger1-300x187 Nominations Open for FSA County Committees (6/25/2015) - 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.
  • Should Crop Insurance Be Part of Your Farm Risk Management Plan? (6/16/2015) - 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...
  • Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 3.34.06 PM John Oliver Viewer’s Guide (6/11/2015) - 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...
  • GenePickett_Photo_Wide Free Risk Management Workshop & Dinner for Kentucky Farmers (6/4/2015) - 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 (6/4/2015) - 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.
  • rafi-fruits-veggies Free Workshops to Help Farmers Manage Risk (5/27/2015) - 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...
  • 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...

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