The Farmstand: RAFI’s Blog

The Farmstand is a blog written by the staff and guests of the Rural Advancement Foundation International covering key issues relevant to the development of markets, policies, and communities that support thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms.

Recent Posts

  • Press release: USDA must write rules protecting farmers from retaliation this June - RAFI-USA urges USDA to finally deliver for the tens of thousands of family farmers in this industry. ...>Read More
  • Vollmer Farm 2019 Blueberry Music Festival! - Enter to win tickets to the festival on June 22nd! ...>Read More
  • Press Release: Agricultural Reinvestment Fund 2019 Grant Awards - 26 grants awarded to NC farmers for innovative projects ...>Read More
  • A True Organizer - Michael Sligh retires from RAFI-USA after 29 years ...>Read More
  • The Deadline for Whole Farm Revenue Crop Insurance is Coming! - Now is the time to call your insurance agent! ...>Read More
  • [CLOSED] We’re Hiring: Part-time Field Coordinator - The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA) seeks a part-time Field Coordinator to work within the Contract Agriculture Reform program.This person will be expected to work from Eastern North Carolina while maintaining regular contact with RAFI staff located at the Pittsboro office. The position has a potential to extend beyond one year, contingent on fundraising opportunities.This person will work especially with contract livestock producers to provide support, develop a leadership training, and conduct a listening tour in Eastern North Carolina. RAFI-USA seeks an organized individual with knowledge of farming and the… ...>Read More
  • Farm Bill 2018: Important Steps Forward but Not Enough to Stop the Growing Crisis - Thursday afternoon, the President signed the 2018 Farm Bill - the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. After months of negotiation, the bill moved through its final stages at lightning speed: the conference committee released the text of the bill last Monday, the Senate voted on it on Tuesday, and the House voted on it on Wednesday. With the President’s signature, the bill becomes law and will guide our food and farm ecology for the next five years. We want to thank everyone who responded to our advocacy efforts and helped… ...>Read More
  • Meet Melvin Slade: a NC Farmer Moving Beyond Crisis - Melvin Slade (shown here with his grandson Memphis) is a 65-year-old second generation farmer growing 150 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat fulltime near Pamlico Beach, NC. Hurricane Florence drowned his soybean crop and like so many others, Mr. Slade feared the worst - losing both his farm and his legacy.   A Sunday School teacher at his church handed him a local newspaper clipping about our farmer crisis hotline. On October 9th, Melvin called and our Case Manager Tyler Whitley answered.Tyler helped Mr. Slade apply for USDA loan relief… ...>Read More
  • Hurricane Florence and Michael-Specific Resources & Announcements - Food Assistance USDA Provides Hurricane Michael Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid (10.18.18)USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for North Carolina Disaster Areas (D-SNAP) (9.25.18): NC residents recovering from Hurricane Florence (even those not normally eligible for SNAP) may be eligible for disaster food assistance benefits through the USDA's Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP). Households must meet income limits & have qualifying disaster expenses. The deadline to apply was Saturday, October 6, 2018. Find locations here."USDA Provides Additional Food Options to SNAP Participants Impacted by Hurricane Florence" (9.17.18) The USDA allowed SNAP participants… ...>Read More
  • Press release: RAFI-USA 2019 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund Grants for Farmers - RAFI-USA 2019 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund Grants for Farmers 25+ grants to be awarded to NC farmers for innovative projects MEDIA CONTACT: Kelli Dale, RAFI-USA(919) 542-1396kelli@rafiusa.org PITTSBORO, NC, November 20, 2018—The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund (ARF) grant program.With funding support from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, the ARF grant program provides cost-share grants to entrepreneurial and innovative farmers and collaborative farmer groups to help them develop new sources of agricultural income. The program awards at least 25 grants per… ...>Read More