News & Announcements


A short questionnaire has been developed by our “Bring Back the Bees Campaign” project, and all information you provide will be confidential. The purpose of this survey is to understand and assess best practices and policies necessary to restore, increase, and protect pollinator habitat and to protect food security and farmer viability. Please click here to take our Pollinator Survey! 

Farmers: Tell Us About Your Farm’s Pollinators!


The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) has office spaces available for rent as well as our conference facility, the Dan Pollitt Center. The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) has office spaces available for rent as well as our conference facility, the Dan Pollitt Center. All proceeds from rentals benefit our 501c3 nonprofit organization, which works to create conditions for a dependable supply of safe food, sustainability for family farmers, and vibrant rural communities. Our private offices are situated on three beautiful, secluded acres in the small town of Pittsboro, located in central North Carolina. Suffused by natural light with large windows, quiet individual offices offer an ideal space for clearing the mind and focusing energy. Passive solar technology and daylighting are used throughout the office.

Office Space & Conference Center for Rent






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.

Release: Farmers Dismayed as USDA Delays GIPSA Rule




Over the past 18 months we have seen an election that has divided our nation and our communities. The recent media coverage, or exit polls, or a thousand other instances could bring us to despair of the current challenges facing our country. We encourage everyone to continue to reflect on these realities, but we also want to turn our attention to the future.

Where We Stand After the Election


As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the coast of Florida and the Southeastern US, our thoughts are to everyone bracing for the storm. Here are some important disaster assistance resources that farmers should familiarize themselves with as soon as possible.

Hurricane Matthew: Disaster Assistance for Farms