The Farmstand: RAFI’s Blog

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

Recent Posts

  • Recap and Results from #StandWithFarmFamilies Trip to DC (8/6/2019) - Farm Families’ Advocacy Efforts Inspire Legislators to Take Action ...>Read More
  • Family Farmers Go to Washington, Cry Foul Over Meat Industry Abuse (7/16/2019) - Press Release - July 16, 2019 ...>Read More
  • Now Hiring: Program Coordinator, Rural Faith Community Organizing Initiative (7/2/2019) - Job Posting: Program Coordinator, Rural Faith Community Organizing Initiative Reports to: Come to the Table Program Manager for Faith-based and Community Partnerships RAFI-USA seeks an organized individual with strong communication skills to build stakeholder engagement in the Come to the Table program. The primary responsibility of the position is to bring together people of faith and diverse, rural communities across North Carolina to engage in movement building around community-specific issues. With a focus on building new relationships and deepening existing relationships, significant travel will be required to enable face-to-face time… ...>Read More
  • Gathering for Rural Faith Leaders (Pink Hill, NC) (7/1/2019) - August 29th, 2019 in Pink Hill, NC ...>Read More
  • Stand with Farm Families (6/27/2019) - Protect farmers from corporate retaliation ...>Read More
  • Press release: USDA must write rules protecting farmers from retaliation this June (5/22/2019) - 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! (5/15/2019) - Enter to win tickets to the festival on June 22nd! ...>Read More
  • Press Release: Agricultural Reinvestment Fund 2019 Grant Awards (3/6/2019) - 26 grants awarded to NC farmers for innovative projects ...>Read More
  • A True Organizer (2/19/2019) - Michael Sligh retires from RAFI-USA after 29 years ...>Read More
  • The Deadline for Whole Farm Revenue Crop Insurance is Coming! (2/11/2019) - Now is the time to call your insurance agent! ...>Read More
  • [CLOSED] We’re Hiring: Part-time Field Coordinator (2/11/2019) - 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 (12/22/2018) - 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 (12/15/2018) - 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 (12/10/2018) - 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 (11/20/2018) - 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
  • Cleaning Up After Hurricane Florence: Information for Contract Poultry and Livestock Producers in North Carolina (10/8/2018) - The impact of Hurricane Florence has left poultry and hog farmers across the state with damages to their homes, land, and essential farm equipment. Farmers may also face the added dilemma of livestock mortality. Disaster recovery and rebuilding is a long road. Cleanup can be challenging and expensive. And accessing funds to assist in disaster recovery can be confusing and overwhelming. This fact sheet includes information about programs and loans available to assist farmers in this recovery process. General Tips for Disaster RecoveryAssistance for disaster recovery may not be available… ...>Read More
  • Hurricane Florence: Mass Poultry Mortality Disposal Options for Farmers (10/2/2018) - Hurricane Florence, its torrential rains, and the historic flooding it created have left many across the Carolinas without power, reliable drinking water, and experiencing tremendous loss. When disaster strikes like this, farmers often find themselves facing loss or damage to their home, to their land or essential farm equipment, and a long road to recovery and rebuilding. On top of that, as the flood waters recede, poultry, hog, and other livestock farmers will face another dilemma - the loss of livestock and the need to deal with their remains. For… ...>Read More
  • Hurricane Florence: Prepare your Farm and Stay Safe (9/11/2018) - In the days following the storm, getting assistance will require being very organized at a time when your life is chaotic. We have seen over and over in many disaster situations that being able to access assistance often makes the difference between farms surviving or not. Below are steps you can take to prepare before and after Florence and a list of disaster recovery resources. Please know that when the storm has passed, there are many of us and partners across the country ready to assist. Farmers, please call us… ...>Read More
  • Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty (9/10/2018) - This event is part of Food Week of Action (October 14-21, 2018). Learn more.Join us Tuesday evening, October the 16th for a presentation by Amani Olugbala of Soul Fire Farm.Equity at the Table Speaker Series “Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty”Speaker:Amani OlugbalaTuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm // The Vault at the Palace International, 1104 Broad Street // Durham, NC, 27705Click Here to RSVPDownload Event FlyerLecture Description: Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA - have roots in African… ...>Read More
  • Farm Bill Conference Committee Advocacy Series: Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance (8/31/2018) - The farm bill Conference Committee has the opportunity to move forward important changes to Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance present in both the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. ...>Read More