RAFI-USA FARMER FLY-INS
RAFI-USA recently organized and traveled with a group of farmers to Washington, DC to advocate for strong farmer protections in an upcoming USDA rule release process that will determine whether or not farmers will be protected from corporate retaliation, abuse, and exploitation. Farmers need their government to craft strong safeguards against corporate power. That’s why we made the trip to DC, and that's why we need your support to maintain this campaign and continue farmer fly-ins.
Our most recent farmer fly-in included farmers from 7 states – South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina – and represented all major forms of animal agriculture, hogs, poultry, and cattle; independent ranchers, pastured farmers, and contract growers. This group really represented the wide range of animal husbandry and views on raising livestock. Many of these farmers and ranchers are advocates for environmentally sustainable animal production, humane animal treatment, and open markets free from corporate domination.
Thanks to donor support, we recently stood by farmers and made a total of 33 Hill visits, spoke to USDA representatives, met with staffers from the Senate and House Ag. Committees, held a Congressional briefing, and live streamed a farmer press conference officially launching our campaign. As a result, our work was featured in more than 11 publications, including The Hagstrom Report, Civil Eats, Politico, and more. On the first day of the petition launch, we gathered more than 50,000 signatures. Now, the petition has more than 80,000 signatures and has inspired other organizations to launch their own independent petitions demanding strong protections for farm families.
We must maintain the momentum of this campaign and support farmers speaking the truth and advocating change. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN!
WITH YOUR HELP, RAFI-USA WILL CONTINUE TO ORGANIZE MORE FARMERS TO ADVOCATE FOR FARM FAMILIES, LIVESTOCK, OUR ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL COMMUNITIES.