Action Alert: Save the Land Loss Prevention Project


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Land Loss Prevention Project Attorney Eric Mine meets with farmers at a recent RAFI event to discuss plans for transitioning the farm between generations.

Over decades, RAFI staff have worked closely with Land Loss Prevention Project. In hundreds of cases, their free legal assistance has made the difference between the loss of a farm and a family staying in their home, on their land. For a farm family facing hard times because of circumstances out of their control– like a natural disaster or a cut-off chicken contract–the Land Loss Prevention Project provides expert legal assistance that would otherwise be out of their reach.

People do not like to publicly speak about nearly losing their farms, and so those who help the most in these situations often go unheralded. But we have seen, time and time again, the importance of Land Loss Prevention Project’s assistance to farm families in desperate situations.

The current budgets before both the NC House and the NC Senate eliminate funding for this critical service. At a time when North Carolina leads the nation in loss of farm land, and where the transition between farm generations is raising concerns for much of the farm community, we cannot afford to lose this important service.

The fate of the Land Loss Prevention Project is now in the hands of Speaker Tillis, President Pro Tempore Berger, and the members of the budget conference committee. We respectfully suggest that rural North Carolina cannot afford to lose the important services of the Land Loss Prevention Project, and that they be included in this year’s budget.

Land Loss Prevention Project is asking supporters to please contact state representatives TODAY:

We are asking farmers, chefs, supporters and friends to contact the listed individuals with a simple message: Save the Land Loss Prevention Project.

Representative Contact Information
Rep. Roger West (R), Chairman
(Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon)
phone: 919-733-5859
E-mail: Roger.West@ncleg.net

Rep. Pat McElraft, (R), Chairman
(Carteret, Jones)
phone: 919-733-6275
E-mail: Pat.McElraft@ncleg.net

Representative Thom Tillis
Speaker of the House
(Mecklenburg)
phone: 919 733-3451
E-Mail: Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net

Representative Phil Berger
President Pro Tempore, Senate
(Guilford, Rockingham)
phone: 919 733 -5708
E-Mail: Phil.Berger@ncleg.net


About Scott Marlow

Scott currently serves as Executive Director of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA. Scott’s specialty is financial infrastructure, including access to credit and risk management for value-added producers. He previously directed the organization’s Farm Sustainability program, providing in-depth financial counseling to farmers in crisis, education on disaster assistance programs and access to credit, and addressing the needs of mid-scale farmers who are increasing the sustainability of their farms by transitioning to higher-value specialty markets.