Watch Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print


 

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About Under Contract

For the first time in a full-length documentary, contract farmers tell their stories and industry experts reveal how the corporate production model pits farmer against farmer. Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print takes audiences on a road trip across the American South and to Southern India to understand what’s happening to farmers living under contract and what we can do to change our food system for the better.

The story of the contract farmer is the story of what’s changing in rural America. Power in agriculture is changing hands, but few people know what’s happening to the farmers producing our food.

Under Contract tells this story through the lens of global poultry farming. In the U.S. alone, 97% of the chicken produced is raised by family farmers under contract with large companies. Around the world and all across agriculture, contract farming is taking hold. But farmers who sign contracts often face unfair challenges and hidden risks under the terms that are offered by large firms. Under Contract provides a timely glimpse into the little understood fine print of modern agriculture.  

All proceeds from this film will support our direct work with farmers in financial crisis, and our work to level the playing field for farmers under contract. We’ve also made the film available for free to farmers.


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RAFI & Under Contract In the News

  • The Guardian – Fowl play: the chicken farmers being bullied by big poultry
  • The New York Times – Farmers Dismayed That USDA Delays Fair Practice Rule (via the Associated Press) 
  • Huffington Post – Trump Administration Hits Small Farmers With More Bad News
  • Food Republic – This Film Blows The Doors Off The Chicken-Farming Industry
  • Bloomberg – Trump Must Choose Between Farmers and ‘Big Meat’
  • POLITICO – Chicken farmers hope Trump will jump on GIPSA train
  • NPR – After A Long Fight, New Rules Defend Small Farmers. For Now.
  • Mother Jones – Obama’s USDA Just Played Chicken With the Trump Transition Team

Press and Media Inquiries
Please contact Jean Willoughby, Communications Manager, at jean@rafiusa.org.


All proceeds from this film will support our direct work with farmers in financial crisis, and our work to level the playing field for farmers under contract. Please consider making a donation to further support our work.