Family farmers rely on RAFI to provide expertise and guidance to save or strengthen their farms. We work with farmers to provide technical assistance to ensure their farm operations are financially viable and sustainable. This includes working side-by-side with individual farmers on matters of:
Managing financial crisis
Minimizing and managing risks
Navigating federal farm program
Training and educating farmers and advocates on significant agricultural issues
Our staff advocates for farmers, from working with lenders to dealing with disasters. We provide financial planning assistance, and advocate for the farmer to lenders and other agencies. We serve diverse farms across the Southeast, ranging from small, specialty operations to livestock and commodity operations on thousands of acres. Many of the farms we work with are owned and operated by minority farmers. We provide expert knowledge in complex lending situations combined with more than two decades of experience fighting to keep family farmers on their land. We have also assembled a library of Farmer Resources and published guides to assist farmers in dealing with disasters. See our Disaster Assistance resources for more information.
Risk management can save farms and help changing rural economies thrive. At RAFI, we conduct research on a variety of significant risk management issues facing farmers. We advocate for policies that will improve farmers’ options for mitigating risk.
Agricultural Reinvestment Fund
The Agricultural Reinvestment Fund supports farmers and rural communities in developing new and innovative sources of agricultural income. The enterprises supported through this program represent a wide variety of lessons and experiences relevant to thousands within the agricultural community. Learn more about the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund here.
Farm Advocate Link
In partnership with Farm Aid, RAFI and others, the Farm Advocate Link connects farmers and ranchers in need to a national network of farm advocates who provide support and referrals. Get access to advocates across the country, including farm finance experts, attorneys, rural organizers, social workers, crisis counselors and, of course, farmers themselves. Access this network through Farm Aid’s hotline (1-800-FARMAID and firstname.lastname@example.org).