Tyler works directly with contract livestock and poultry farmers as an advocate with a background in agricultural development and finance. He provides support and resources to individual farmers, organizes workshops, and works alongside our Lead Farm Advocate, Benny Bunting. Before transitioning to the nonprofit sector, Tyler worked in finance at a national bank providing mortgage refinancing. While pursuing a Master's degree in Public Health, he was drawn to the issues of food security and agricultural sustainability. Most recently, he returned to the U.S. from Haiti, where he worked with smallholder farmers to form farmer associations to address the community’s needs. Tyler holds a BS in Biology from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and a MPH from Tulane University.
Tyler Whitley, Case Manager for RAFI’s Contract Agriculture Reform Program, had the opportunity to interview NC poultry farmer, Reid Phifer, about what inspired him to tell his story about contract […]