Publications

Just Foods Program (Organic agriculture, organic integrity, biotech, social justice in agriculture, seeds & breeds) Farm Sustainability (Access to credit, crop insurance programs, farm bill, disaster programs) Contract Agriculture Reform (Corporate concentration, contract poultry, GIPSA, landowner rights & fracking) RAFI Publications (sorted by date of publication)
  • A Poultry Grower’s Guide to FSA Loans (10/2/2017) - Contract poultry farmers face many challenges in running their businesses. One of those challenges is getting accurate and complete information about the risks involved, and about the financial options available to them. To make good business decisions, farmers need complete information. We have developed this comprehensive guide to help farmers who are considering buying a […]
  • Disaster Recovery Resources (9/13/2017) - Here are some resources and fact sheets that we hope are helpful early in the recovery process.
  • Case Study: Direct Mailing as a SNAP/EBT Outreach Strategy (12/2/2016) - This case study highlights an example of how a direct mailing campaign can be an effective strategy to promote a market’s SNAP/EBT program.
  • Case Study: Farmers’ Market Challenges in a Rural Setting (12/2/2016) - This case study highlights the challenges faced by rural markets in recruiting and retaining vendors and in attracting customers.
  • Case Study: Sustaining a Farmers’ Market through Diverse Funding Strategies (12/2/2016) - This case study highlights an example of a market successfully using a variety of funding strategies to support its market and programs.
  • Case Study: Farmers’ Market Manager Turnover (12/2/2016) - This case study reviews issues and experiences involved with farmers’ market manager turnover and captures lessons learned at four farmers’ markets in North Carolina. The findings presented here are based on existing research, our surveys of past and current managers, and informal conversations with market stakeholders.
  • Farmer Guide: Floods and Organic Producers (10/17/2016) - During a flood or other natural disaster there will be a series of challenges facing every farmer. For an organic farmer, the flood or other natural disaster will have results that can be unique to organic production. This booklet presents a short summary of some of the issues that organic producers may face during a natural disaster – and in particular with a flood.
  • Cleaning Up After Hurricane Matthew: Info for Poultry Growers (10/14/2016) - Hurricane Matthew has flooded several chicken farms in eastern North Carolina and left many out of power. When disaster strikes like this, farmers face may find themselves facing loss or damage to their home, to their land and essential farm equipment, and a long road to recovery and rebuilding. On top of that, as the flood waters receded chicken and livestock farmers will face another dilemma - they may have lost entire flocks, which can be hundreds of thousands of birds. In these catastrophic loss situations, farmers’ contracts make it clear that even though the companies technically own the birds while they are alive, the farmers themselves have to take on the burden and risk of disposing of the dead bird carcasses in a timely and safe way.
  • Fact sheet: Crop Insurance for Organic Farming Practices (3/6/2016) - Organic farming has become one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recognizes organic farming practices as good farming practices and continues to move forward in improving crop insurance coverage for organic producers and producers transitioning to organic production to make viable and effective risk management options available. In general, regulations governing the insurability of organic and transitional practices are the same as for conventional practices.
  • Bridging the Gap: Examining Small and Medium Scale Farmers’ Perception of Selling to Low Income Consumers (6/17/2015) - AboutIn 2015, RAFI’s staff and NC State University embarked on a farmer interview project to better understand the barriers and opportunities for farmers selling to low income communities. We’ve produced a short report based on these interviews. Read the reportBRIDGING THE GAP: Examining Small- and Medium-Scale Farmers’ Perceptions of Selling to Low-Income ConsumersBackground We wanted to understand […]
  • Revised & Updated: The Farmer’s Guide to Agricultural Credit (4/5/2015) - Accessing capital is one of the many challenges facing farmers. This guide is aimed at helping farmers get ready to ask a lender for the financing needed to expand or to establish new on-farm ventures.
  • The Farmer’s Guide to the Development of New Farm Enterprises (4/4/2015) - The Farmer's Guide to the Development of New Farm Enterprises includes information on developing value-added products, identifying new farm opportunities, on-farm processing, selling your products, and more.
  • Come to the Table Guidebook, Second Edition Released (2/27/2015) - When I began working with the Come to the Table Project in 2012, I knew that I was entering a community grounded in the good work of many others. Claire Hermann, one of the founders and first directors of the project, laid a foundation of integrity, collaboration and diversity. Claire, along with Chris Liu-Beers and […]
  • Scott Marlow’s Statement at 2014 Farm Aid in Raleigh, NC (9/10/2014) - I want to welcome Farm Aid to North Carolina and we’re very excited that you are here. Farm Aid started 29 years ago to address the pain of farmers and farm families losing their farms. Some of our folks here were at that concert and have been at most of them since.
  • 2014 Farm Bill Analysis: GIPSA (2/14/2014) - We can cheer the fact that the Farm Bill negotiators rejected the intense pressure from poultry companies and meatpackers to roll back key protections that require them to use fair business practices in their dealings with farmers.
  • Managing Specialty Crop Risk in North Carolina (11/15/2013) - Over the past year, RAFI worked with specialty crop farmers across North Carolina to research and write Managing Specialty Crop Risk in North Carolina.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: Where are we Now? (Presentation) (9/13/2013) - Because of the NC’s compulsory pooling law, RAFI and other advocates were concerned about the potential threats to landowner rights. The “Hydraulic Fracturing: Where Are We Now?,” presentation embedded below provides a brief overview of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, as well as in-depth analysis of compulsory pooling. The presentation was authored by RAFI Research & […]
  • North Carolina Organic Grain Guide 2013 (8/28/2013) - The North Carolina Organic Grain Production Guide for 2013 was created by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Organic Grain Project and the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • Community-Supported Agriculture Fact Sheet (4/15/2013) - Come to the Table's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fact Sheet.
  • Community Gardening Fact Sheet (4/15/2013) - Fact sheet developed by The Come to the Table Project: People of Faith Relieving Hunger and Supporting Local Agriculture in NC >> Download Fact Sheet as a PDF Why have a community garden? • Increase access to healthy fruits and vegetables • Build relationships that cross ages, races, incomes and cultures • Nurture leadership, confidence, […]