North Carolina’s community gardeners and food security supporters have lots to celebrate this summer. As the first bunches of homegrown tomatoes ripen on the vine, two of the state’s most effective food security organizations have announced that they are joining forces to support community gardening.
Action alert! We have now entered a critical phase in our long-running efforts to reform USDA regulations to ensure fairness for farmers. Please join us in submitting comments to the USDA by JUNE 12th!
The Guardian just ran an excellent article featuring interviews with farmers from our new film Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print and the film's co-director, Sally Lee, who also directs our program on Contract Agriculture Reform.
Sally Lee, program director at Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, issued the following statement: “We are shocked to hear that the USDA is delaying the implementation of rules that are meant to provide basic rights and protections to farmers and agricultural communities. This decision poses a real threat to independent livestock and poultry businesses in the U.S. – it also ignores the voices of American farmers, who risked retaliation to show their clear and strong support for these rules.
For the first time in a full-length documentary, farmers tell their stories and experts reveal how the corporate agricultural production model pits farmer against farmer. Join us as we travel across the American South and to Southern India to understand what's happening to farmers living under contract and what we can do to change our food system for the better.
RAFI's Executive Director, Scott Marlow, delivered testimony before a U.S. House Subcommittee as part of a larger series of hearings entitled, “The Next Farm Bill”, hosted by the Committee on Agriculture of the U.S. House of Representatives.