Contract Agriculture Reform

Poultry and Livestock Farmers: If you have questions or need help, please call our Contract Ag. Case Manager, Tyler Whitley, at 919-621-0534, or email: For farmers and livestock producers affected by Hurricane Matthew, click here for more information on programs and resources available to help recovery. 

What We Do

RAFI works with contract livestock producers across the southeast to understand the good and bad experiences of contract farming. Drawing primarily from farmers’ experience with poultry production contracts, RAFI provides analysis of the long-term social, legal, and economic impacts of the contract agriculture system and possible viable alternatives. In collaboration with other national farm and community organizations, RAFI works for reforms to protect the family farmer who turns to contract production.








Poultry Growers on the John Oliver:
This Week Tonight Show

HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver recently featured a segment on chicken farmers and the poultry industry. They also featured footage from the new documentary we are producing, Under Contract, on the show.

RAFI has a long history working with poultry farmers for reform in contract agriculture, and we’ve put together some research to give you a quick overview of the data behind the issues highlighted in the show. Read our viewers guide to the show to get all the details!