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We’re Hiring: Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant - Apply now to join the RAFI team!
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U.S. House Passes Anti-Farmer Amendment to 2017 Budget - For the sixth time, members of Congress in the Ag Appropriations Committee have blocked implementation of regulations to protect farmers through a backdoor measure. But this time, their infamous “GIPSA rider” barely passed in this House committee, as several long-time supporters voted against it. The staff at RAFI, our partners, and thousands of chicken and livestock farmers across the country will work together to get it out of the federal budget for 2017 before it becomes law in October of this year.
For the sixth time, members of Congress in the Ag Appropriations Committee have blocked implementation of regulations to protect farmers through a backdoor measure. But this time, their infamous “G…
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Take Action Today: Tell U.S. Reps to Protect Farmers, “NO” on the GIPSA Rider - Tell your Representative to Stand Up Against the GIPSA Rider to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill
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Farm Ownership Microloans Announced - The cold, snowy days of winter are the best time to dig into those spring farm plans. Maybe it s time to draft a crop rotation or plan new infrastructure. Maybe...
The cold, snowy days of winter are the best time to dig into those spring farm plans. Maybe it’s time to draft a crop rotation or plan new infrastructure. Maybe business planning and farmland…
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Cattle to Rabbitry in Alamance County, NC - Steve Sifford of Alamance County, North Carolina received a grant through RAFI's Agricultural Reinvestment Fund in 2015 to add the necessary infrastructure for raising rabbits including building hutches and shade structures. He grew up on a dairy farm and originally purchased land to raise cattle while working as an instructor nearby. Although Steve has a lifelong love for the cattle business, he wanted to find a new livestock product that could bring high value to the farm without needing much more land. The 40+ acre farm was already at maximum grazing capacity with the cattle and Steve did not have the capital or the desire to purchase more land. He found that rabbits could be raised with little infrastructure and land while bringing in a premium price. Read more about Steve's story here...
Steve Sifford of Alamance County, North Carolina received a grant through RAFI’s Agricultural Reinvestment Fund in 2015 to add the necessary infrastructure for raising rabbits including build…
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Earth Day: 5 Ways to Grow Our Way to a Better Future - The good news is that have more tools at our disposal for tackling climate change than we often realize. In agriculture, farmers can develop and implement practices that sequester carbon, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and employ low-input methods. These and other innovative, time-tested approaches can contribute to solving the conundrum of climate change, as well as promoting sustainable livelihoods for farm families.
The good news is that have more tools at our disposal for tackling climate change than we often realize. In agriculture, farmers can develop and implement practices that sequester carbon, limit gre…
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The New York Times: Animal Cruelty or the Price of Dinner? - On Sunday, the New York Times ran a column by Nicholas Kristof that featured two poultry farmers that our staff has gotten to know well, Mike Weaver and Eric Hedrick. Both farmers appear in a documentary about the poultry industry RAFI is producing this year, Under Contract.
On Sunday, the New York Times ran a column by Nicholas Kristof that featured two poultry farmers that our staff has gotten to know well, Mike Weaver and Eric Hedrick. Both farmers appear in a docum…
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RAFI Partners with Burt’s Bees to #BringBackTheBees - We’re excited to announce our partnership with Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation on the “Bring Back the Bees” campaign. Together, our goal is to plant one billion seeds of pollinator plants on farms, providing much needed habitat and food sources for bees and other pollinators. RAFI and Burt’s Bees look forward to transforming farmland into [ ]
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Apply Now: Project Coordinator - Apply now to join the RAFI team...
Apply now to join the RAFI team…
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UPDATE: Farmers, Stay Ahead of Winter Storms - With much of the south expecting moderate to heavy snow and ice this weekend, make sure you and your farm is prepared for the worst, should it happen. Please note: ...
With much of the south expecting moderate to heavy snow and ice this weekend, make sure you and your farm is prepared for the worst, should it happen. Please note: this information is updated for …
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Sustainable Agriculture Wins in 2016 Federal Budget - After several budget extensions, known as a Continuing Resolution or CR, Congress has agreed on a spending bill to fund the government in 2016, avoiding another government shutdown. The big news: NO GIPSA RIDER.
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274 Pittsboro Elementary School Rd PO Box 640 Pittsboro, NC 27312
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Cultivating markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially-just, and environmentally-sound family farms.
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The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA’s mission is to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms. RAFI works nationally and internationally, focusing on North Carolina and the southeastern United States. RAFI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pittsboro, North Carolina and incorporated in 1990.

Our vision:
  • Family farmers have the power to earn a fair and dependable income.
  • Everyone who labors in agriculture is respected, protected, and valued by society.
  • Air, water, and soil are preserved for future generations.
  • The land yields healthy and abundant food and fiber that is accessible to all members of society.
  • The full diversity of seeds and breeds, the building blocks of agriculture, are reinvigorated and publicly protected.