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RAFI-USA Welcomes New Executive Leadership

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.

USDA Betrays Farmers by Terminating Fair Practice Rules

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.

Under Contract Screening at The Freedom School in Ohio (9/21/2017)

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.

RAFI and NC Community Garden Partners Join Forces

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.

Release: Farmers Dismayed as USDA Delays GIPSA Rule

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.

RAFI Farm Advocate Testifies on USDA Financing for Farmers

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.

Come to the Table Conference March 16th, 2017

The Come to the Table Conference is a biennial gathering of food, faith, and farm advocates focused on relieving hunger and strengthening local, sustainable agriculture in North Carolina. This year’s conference theme is “Bridging Divides: Cultivating Food & Faith Connections.” Participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops covering theology and food, community development, racial equity, and food and farm policy. This year, we welcome former NFL player turned NC farmer and hunger relief activist Jason Brown as our keynote speaker. Come to the Table was founded in 2007 and is a project of the Rural Advancement Foundation International.