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USDA Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence of GMO and Non-GMO Crops Held in Raleigh, NC

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…

Infographic: Seed Loss

Have We Reached a Tipping Point on the Loss of Seed Biodiversity?

RAFI is very proud to release the findings of the 2014 Summit on Seeds and Breeds for the 21st Century, held in March in Washington, DC. The Summit and Proceedings…


Welcoming an Old Friend Home: Farm Aid 2014

We would like to welcome Farm Aid to North Carolina, as we would welcome an old friend into our home. Farm Aid was created 29 years ago to respond to the needs of farm families facing the pain of losing their farms. Some of our staff members were there at that first concert, and ever since we and other organizations like us have worked closely with Farm Aid to serve farmers in need.

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Scott Marlow’s Statement at 2014 Farm Aid in Raleigh, NC

I want to welcome Farm Aid to North Carolina and we’re very excited that you are here. Farm Aid started 29 years ago to address the pain of farmers and farm families losing their farms. Some of our folks here were at that concert and have been at most of them since.

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Government Shutdown Harms Family Farms

Congress, by not doing its job, may be costing more than 1,400 farmers their farms, and more than 3,100 farmers their dreams of farming.

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Action Alert: Save the Land Loss Prevention Project

At a time when North Carolina leads the nation in loss of farm land, we cannot afford to lose the Land Loss Prevention Project. Call your reps today.

USDA Reduces Emergency Loan Rate for 2012 Drought from 3.75% to 2.25%

On July 11, 2012, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that the USDA was reducing the interest rate on Emergency Loans through the USDA Farm Service Agency from 3.75% to 2.25%.

Farmers in disaster-designated counties are eligible to borrow emergency loans for up to the value of their disaster losses. While emergency loans are one of the primary modes of disaster assistance, farmers must still show eligibility and repayment ability in order to qualify.

Important Disaster Assistance Programs Lapsed; Farmers Encouraged to Keep Records

As the nation responds to one of the worst droughts in decades, it is important to note that a series of the important disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 farm…

Crop Insurance, Farmer Income and the Drought

On July 31, the Wall Street Journal online ran an article entitled “Crops Hurt, But Farmers Will Still Get Paid.”  The article begins “A historic drought across the middle of…

Protecting Public Seeds and Breeds in the Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill

Today and tomorrow can determine whether taxpayer dollars support the development of seeds and breeds that belong to the public or to a few large corporations. The Senate Agriculture Committee’s draft…

Remembering Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans

I am saddened this week by the loss of Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans. You only have to turn on the radio or open the paper this week in North…

A Visit to Harold Wright’s Farm

July 25, 2011 – Last week I traveled to Bladen county to document farmer Harold Wright’s grant project– a pastured poultry production expansion. I was amazed at how sandy the…

The Farmers’ Hands

When I began documenting the Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund projects of innovative farmers for RAFI-USA this fall, I knew I wanted to take portraits of the farmers’ hands. Hands- just…

Tornado Recovery: Resources for Farms

Assistance is available for farmers who had crops, livestock or buildings lost to the tornadoes throughout North Carolina and the Southeast on April 16, 2011.

Don’t Bank on It: Farmers Face Significant Barriers to Credit Access During Economic Downturn

Farm credit is the backbone of American agriculture. During the recent economic downturn, America’s family farmers faced significant barriers to accessing farm credit, which endangered their economic security and the…

Floods in Thatcham, Berkshire, 2007

Documenting Disaster Losses

A farmer’s ability to receive assistance for disaster losses depends in large part on his or her ability to demonstrate the extent of those losses. This guide helps farmers understand how to document the impact of disasters on their farms and apply for assistance.

Creating an Environment Where Farmers Thrive

This week I find myself at the Drake Forum on America’s New Farmers. This great conversation is drawing people from across the US, as well as members of the current administration to engage in this conversation about how we can bring new farmers to the land. It is inspiring to hear Tom Vilsak, the USDA Agriculture Secretary, speak directly to the issues that many of us have worked on our whole careers.

The Farmer’s Guide to Peanut Contracts

The Farmer’s Guide to Peanut Contracts, January 2007. This guide is intended for farmers who are considering growing peanuts for the first time and for those who are deciding whether…

The Farm Bill Tree: Understanding the Logic of the 2008 Farm Bill

Author: Scott Marlow Questions address in Marlows Farm Bill Tree publication: What ‘s included in the farm bill? Why? Where do commodity payments fit in? The Farm Bill Tree: Understanding…

Written Statement of W. Scott Marlow to House Agriculture Committee, May 2007

Written Statement of W. Scott Marlow Director of Farm Sustainability, Rural Advancement Foundation International to the House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Commodities and Risk Management Hearing May 14, 2007 Chairman…