Farmer Newsletter: Summer 2016

Dear Farmers, I hope the season is going well for you! Take a break to enjoy a cold drink and kick back with our short and sweet summer newsletter, which includes updates on this year’s Ag Reinvestment Fund projects, along with farmers in the news, and new resources for farms. Farmers often learn best from other farmers, so we hope this newsletter provides you with useful stories of other farmers sharing their own successes and challenges. Our new multi-media documentary project, Growing Innovation, is continually being built and we encourage you to check out the farmer profiles there. With dirty fingernails, Ben Paynter, Project Coordinator Rural Advancement Foundation International

2016 grant recipients Danny and George of Red Tail Grains surveying a field of rye.

Agricultural Reinvestment Fund: Farmers in the News

Growing Innovation

Check out our ongoing Growing Innovation project, archiving all the farmer grant projects from the 20-year history of the grant program. You may even be featured!

Notes from the RAFI Staff

From Kavita Koppa, Farmer Community Organizer: The presidency isn’t the only election coming up this November. Don’t forget to vote for your Farm Service Agency County Committee! Your local county committee makes important decisions about eligibility for farm loans, disaster payments, and more for your county. In other words, county committees play a role in deciding how federal money is distributed to farmers in each county. Every county in the country is required to host workshops to explain the committees and how you can vote or even run for them. For more information on these workshops, you can contact your local FSA office or our Farmer Leadership Network to meet other farmers who want to run or be involved in these committees.  You can reach us at or 919-621-0534.
From Molly Lutton, Specialty Crop Research Associate: Farmers, we have new resources for you on our website. Also, please take 2 minutes to take our survey and tell us which resources you find useful.
From Edna Rodriguez, Operations Director: The USDA has announced organic certification cost share grants to help farmers with the financial burdens of transitioning to organic. Learn more with this handy guide from National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
From Tahz Walker, Come To The Table Project Manager: Since 2007, people throughout North Carolina have gathered together for regional Come to the Table Conferences. These full-day events bring together members of the faith community with farmers, gardeners, farm workers, educators, health professionals and community organizations to find ways to relieve hunger and support local agriculture. The conferences include plenaries, topical breakout sessions, lunch, and networking opportunities. Stay tuned for the 2016 dates for the CTTT conferences! In the meantime, learn more here:
NCTTFC-Logo-156x94The Agricultural Reinvestment Fund is generously supported by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.