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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

  • 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...
  • 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...

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