President’s Observations August 2019

by Mark Amato, MFBF President

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Executive Director Doug Gillespie and his staff have been shepherding our priority issues through the legislative process and so far, we are in pretty good shape.

Massachusetts Raises Paid Leave Tax Rate

Earlier this summer, lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker imposed a three-month delay on the state of payroll tax contributions to fund the estimated $800 million paid family and medical leave program.

John & Liolia Schipper Memorial Grant Program

Through a generous bequest to the Foundation from the late John and Liolia Schipper, the MFBAPF is pleased to provide a grant program to assist Massachusetts farmers in becoming more economically viable and sustainable.

August Is Peach Month

ugust is National Peach Month! Peaches are not just fresh and juicy, they’re also packed with vitamins and minerals for your dietary needs. If you’re looking for an easy source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, K, or even minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and copper – peaches are an excellent source for your daily dose!

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News and Updates

MFBAPF grant program to assist MA farmers in becoming economically viable.

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Over-Weight permits are allowed on farm plates only for Reducible Loads.

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MA farmers with H2A workers: DFML has issued a number of updates to its website regarding FMLA.

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Designation allows FSA to extend emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters.

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Farmers able to submit questions on overtime requirements to Attorney General

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New DOT regulations to affect farmers across the Commonwealth.

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