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.  
 

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

Agricultural Reinvestment Fund: Farmers in the News


Notes from the RAFI Staff

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.

Contact: 
Tahz Walker 
Program Manager & Farmer Liaison 
Farmer Leadership Network Initiative 
Email: tahz@rafiusa.org 
Tel: (919) 548-6825 
 


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.



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



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: http://rafiusa.org/cttt/conferences/


NCTTFC-Logo-156x94The Agricultural Reinvestment Fund is generously supported by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.