2017 MA Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF’s) Annual Meeting will be hosted by Worcester County Farm Bureau. The 2017 meeting will be held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel in Framingham, Massachusetts. If you are planning to stay overnight, Farm Bureau members can book accommodations for Wednesday, Nov. 29 & Thursday, Nov. 30 at a rate of $119.95 for a single or double room, taxes are extra. Address: 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA, 01701. Phone: 508.270.1914 / 888-627-7184

The delegate session will be held on Friday, Dec. 1. It is our delegate session that helps guide and direct MFBF. It is through our membership’s grassroots efforts that we develop resolutions, which direct our organization for the upcoming year. Contact your County Farm Bureau President if you would like to become a delegate.

Event Details
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  • Half day lunch registration (dinner is not included) - $35.00
  • Half day dinner registration (lunch is not included) -$42.00
  • Full day lunch/dinner registration - $77.00
  • MA LTC/Home Firearm Safety Course (space is limited to 20, members must attend both sessions) - $85 Pre-registration required

Workshop Details 

MA LTC/Home Firearm Safety Course (space is limited to 20, members must attend both sessions) - ** $85 pre-registration required, this fee covers both sessions**

 This is a two part workshop that requires pre-registration. Each workshop will be 1.5 hours, and members will be required to attend both workshops for a total of 3 hours to qualify you to obtain a MA LTC or firearms ID card. 

The course covers the safe handling and operation of many types of modern firearms. Students are given the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe handling, operation, storage of firearms and ammunition in the home and transportation of firearms outside the home. This class does not contain live fire exercises. However, you will be shown how to load and unload rifles, shotguns, revolvers, semi-auto pistols and black powder firearms. No handling or loading of live ammunition will be permitted in the class. 

Course Outline: 

  • Rules for Safe Gun Handling
  • Identifying and Learn Steps for Loading/ Unloading Different Firearms
  • Practical Exercises in Safe Gun Handling With Several Types of Firearms
  • Ammunition identification
  • Firearms maintenance and cleaning
  • Applicable Massachusetts firearms laws for purchase, possession, transfer, storage and transportation
  • Firearms permit process and differences of Class A LTC, FID licenses
  • Proper storage and child-proofing of firearms in the home
  • Transportation of firearms
  • Firearm selection
  • Ammunition selection for target practice as well as self defense
  • The licensing process and completing the license application. 

At the successful completion of the class you’ll be presented with a NRA Home Firearms Safety completion certificate, and the MA State Police Basic Firearm Safety Certificate that you’ll submit with your LTC application. **The fee for this course is $85 this covers both sessions. Simply click here to register or email John Conners at john@mfbf.net to register.

Respirator Training and Fit-Testing to be Offered at Annual Meeting - *3 Pesticide Credit Hours - Sponsored by MFBF’s Promotion & Education Committee 

 The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for pesticides now requires that anyone who wears a respirator must have a medical evaluation, fit test of the respirator and respirator training. 

There will be two workshops at our annual meeting that will meet the respirator training and fit-test requirements. Participants will need to complete the medical evaluation form found here to participation. Three credit hours will be provided towards pesticide license recertification. 

Participants should bring their respirator (with a cartridge installed) to the training. Respirators will also be available for purchase on site.

2017 Crop Year Challenges

Across Massachusetts two of the biggest risks faced by farmers in 2017 were labor and weather. This workshop will focus on those two areas and will feature a representative of the U.S. Department of Labor who specializes in agricultural labor along with a discussion of the weather issues that challenged farmers in 2017 and what can be done to mitigate those two risks.

The Massachusetts Produce Safety Program: Integrating the FSMA Produce Safety rule with CQP

 Michael Botelho, the Coordinator of the CQP Program and the Massachusetts Produce Safety Initiative, will present the structure of the cooperative agreement between the FDA and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) for support of the Produce Rule in Massachusetts and will also provide an overview of the five year strategic plan for the integration of the rule with the Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) as well as the future design, development and support of the integrated program.

Pesticide Recertification Workshop - *1.5 Pesticide Credit Hours

The Department of Agricultural Resources will offer a workshop on current issues in pesticide use. This session will detail new developments and requirements in the Worker Protection Standards, pollinator protection and e-licensing.

Mass Agriculture in the Classroom (MAC) Panel Discussion

This panel discussion workshop will explain what MAC, Inc. does as well as emphasize how local farmers can be involved in local education.

Cutting the Fat: How To Run An Effective Board Meeting - *Sponsored by MFBF’s YF&R Committee

Do your board meetings seem to drag? Want to learn how to run them more effectively and generate discussion among board members? This is your session. Come to learn how to help your County Farm Bureau make the leap to hosting an effective board meeting. When you apply what you learn from this session, your County Farm Bureau meetings will be the cat’s meow with discussion and ideas.

Closing the Deal: Learn How To Be An Effective Salesperson For MFBF -*Sponsored by MFBF’s YF&R Committee

Have you talked to your neighbor lately about joining Farm Bureau? Did they leave you hanging? Learn from Farm Family agents and an American Farm Bureau Federation staff member how they communicate the value of Farm Bureau’s membership to potential members and successfully recruit them. This is a must attend workshop for anyone who wants to see MFBF’s membership continue to grow!

YF&R Bingo Fundraiser

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