The Farmstand: RAFI’s Blog



RAFI-USA is pleased to welcome new Executive Director, Edna Rodriguez, and new Associate Director, Sally Lee. Former Executive Director Scott Marlow will be stepping into a new role as Sr. Policy Specialist. RAFI-USA is looking forward to growing our new team, hiring two new positions, Development Director and Communications Manager in 2018.

RAFI-USA Welcomes New Executive Leadership


Today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it would terminate the Interim Final Farmer Fair Practice Rule that was set to go into effect October 19th. Farmers have been calling out to USDA for over a decade to hold big business in livestock industries accountable for unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices. This action today is a step in the wrong direction for rural America, siding with Big Meat and against farmers.

USDA Betrays Farmers by Terminating Fair Practice Rules




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!




At this critical moment in our shared history, we at RAFI reaffirm our commitment to stand with and fight for those who face injustice, exploitation, or discrimination. We condemn violence and intimidation, as most recently displayed in Charlottesville, Virginia and other cities across our country. We stand in solidarity with all people and organizations across the country that work to oppose bigotry and exploitation.

Before, After, and Beyond Charlottesville


Third Thursday Films kicks off its 2017-2018 season with “Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print,” at 7pm on Thursday, September 21 at the GMP Hall, 350 Hudson Avenue, Newark. The film is co-sponsored by The Canal Market District and the Rural Advancement Fund International-USA (RAFI-USA). Following the film, there will be a discussion with a panel of farmers from the Canal Market in Newark: Carie and Jarrod Starr from Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch http://wild-wooly-horny.blogspot.com/ and Jesse Rickard from Fox Hollow Farm http://www.foxhollowfarmnaturally.com/index.html.

Release: Under Contract Screening Sept. 21st at The Freedom School in Ohio