This week I find myself at the Drake Forum on America’s New Farmers. This great conversation is drawing people from across the US, as well as members of the current administration to engage in this conversation about how we can bring new farmers to the land. It is inspiring to hear Tom Vilsak, the USDA Agriculture Secretary, speak directly to the issues that many of us have worked on our whole careers.
This year, RAFI will celebrate 18 years of serving small and mid-scale family farmers across NC through our grant program. To kick-off a new round of grant-making through our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund, we’ve organized a farm tour with two of our current grantees on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 1 to 3 pm.
Want to be part of making policies that better help farmers in your area? Nominations are now being accepted for new members of local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee. Farmers can nominate themselves or other farmers to be on the committee. Nomination forms are available from your local FSA office and are due by August 3rd, 2015.