upcoming webinar from RAFI USA
Farm Advocacy 101
Tuesday, March 11th, 3:00 – 3:45 pm ET
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Sitting across the table from a banker or a loan officer is often intimidating and scary, especially when the farm is on the line. Who can farmers depend on to sit on their side of the table and provide guidance, or at least act as a witness, a note-taker, a second set of eyes and ears? Since the Farm Crisis of the 1980s, farm advocates have helped farmers navigate the maze of regulations that govern agriculture and access to farm credit. Many of these advocates were experienced farmers and knew first-hand the legal and financial challenges facing small- and mid-scale farmers. We are in great need of advocates both to provide guidance in making farms more credit-worthy and sustainable, but also to act as witnesses in uncovering poor service, predatory lending, and discrimination.
Farm advocates help connect farmers with social, legal, agricultural, and financial resources and services. Advocates may also assist farmers by referring them to helpful organizations, agencies, or other professionals or by directly providing assistance in their own areas of expertise.