Meteorologist Eric Fisher To Headline MFBF’s Annual Meeting

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Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF’s) Annual Meeting will be co-hosted by Norfolk and Plymouth County Farm Bureau’s. The 2018 meeting will be held on Nov. 29 & 30 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center in Framingham, Massachusetts

Staying overnight? Farm Bureau members can book accommodations for Wednesday, Nov. 28 & Thursday, Nov. 29 at a rate of $119.95 for a single or double room, taxes are extra. Address: 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA, 01701. Phone: 508-879-7200, when making reservations please make sure you mention that you are part of the Farm Bureau room block to ensure proper room rates.

Meteorologist Eric Fisher is set to lead a general session workshop at Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF’s) annual meeting on Nov. 29-30, 2018, at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, Massachusetts. During his session, Fisher will discuss overall climate trends, winter 2019 and other weather topics that farmers should be aware of.

“After a farmer puts the crop in the ground, he/she does everything in their power to mitigate the impact weather may have on that crop,” said MFBF President Mark Amato, who works as farm manager at Verrill Farm in Concord, Massachusetts. “Eric Fisher will be able to provide us with some insight into next winter, which will impact our 2019 planting schedules and ground moisture. I’ll be interested to hear what he is predicting.”

Born and raised in New England, Fisher says there are few places on earth that produce weather like this little corner of the United States. This is a fact many of MFBF’s regular members know well and will make his presentation a must see for all farmers.

“Eric Fisher will also be joined by other top-notch speakers on topics ranging from labor to transportation,” Amato said. “Our staff is hard at work, planning a high-caliber conference that farmer members cannot afford to miss.”

Other speakers scheduled for MFBF’s annual meeting will address critical issues facing the agricultural industry in Massachusetts, offering members in attendance an increased awareness of the organization and improve their knowledge about issues in the agricultural industry.


General Sessions & Workshop Information

DOT Marking Requirements General Session – 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

  • New Massachusetts State DOT Markings Regulation and ELD requirements…Do They Affect You?
    This general session will cover the new regulations for all commercial motor vehicles, including farm plated vehicles having a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 or more lbs that is engaged in INTRASTATE commerce will be required to have a Federal DOT number. USDOT numbers will need to be filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on or before September 1, 2018. This session will also give a brief update on electronic logging devices (ELD) and how they may affect your business.
    Presented by Steven Hanley, FMCSA
  • Ag Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train the Trainer Pt. 1- *1.5 Pesticide Credit Hours –
    This two part pesticide credit session will focus on Worker Protection Standards (WPS) that were revised in 2015. Most of the revised WPS requirements were effective January 2, 2017; three requirements went into effect on January 2, 2018. The session will also present the EPA approved pesticide safety train the trainer program and will provide a brief update on the changes. A certificate of completion will be provided at the close of the session.
    Web Info: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/agricultural-worker-protection-standard-wps
    Presented by – Laurie Rocco

NE Weather Trends General Session- 1:00 PM -2:15 PM

  • New England Weather Trends & Weather 101 –
    Featuring Eric Fisher, Chief Meteorologist for CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV News –

    We are excited to have Eric Fisher Chief Meteorologist for CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV News join us to discuss New England’s ever changing weather trends.  In this general session we will dig into El Nino and how it will impact the upcoming winter season.  The session will also include “weather 101” covering topics that most meteorologists assume everyone knows, but inevitably isn’t the case!

 

  • Ag Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train the Trainer Pt. 2 – *1.5 Pesticide Credit Hours
    This two part pesticide credit session will focus on Worker Protection Standards (WPS) that were revised in 2015. Most of the revised WPS requirements were effective January 2, 2017; three requirements went into effect on January 2, 2018. The session will also present the EPA approved pesticide safety train the trainer program and will provide a brief update on the changes. A certificate of completion will be provided at the close of the session.
    Web Info: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/agricultural-worker-protection-standard-wps
    Presented by – Laurie Rocco

Workshop Sessions – 3:30 PM -4:45 PM

  • American Farm Bureau Leadership Opportunities –
    Join this panel for a discussion on the leadership opportunities that exist within American Farm Bureau Federation. Ranging from AFBF’s YF&R committee to Promotion and Education committee to issue advisory committees, every member has an opportunity to engage on the national level. These speakers will cover their roles and responsibilities to these committee and how they have helped shaped their Farm Bureau involvement.
  • Farm Labor Forum with the US Department of Labor –
    Patricial Colarossi, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist, with the US Department of Labor will be on hand to discuss and answer question on federal labor requirements on farms – H2A, interns, volunteer, overtime exemptions,  etc.  If you plan on attending, and have specific questions, please email them to brad@mfbf.net ahead of time. That way we can try to ensure we have answers at the meeting.
    Presented by – Patricial Colarossi
  • What to expect in 2019: Produce Inspections in Massachusetts
    Commencing in the Spring of 2019, MDAR’s Produce Inspection Program may conduct an inspection of your fruit and/or vegetable farm for a variety of reasons.  These include routine inspections, follow-up inspections and market access support.    Inspections are only one part of our Produce Inspection Program related to Produce Safety.  The Program will also provide cost-free technical assistance, outreach and education and will continue to work with MDAR’s grant programs to ensure that tools are widely available and accessible for farmers in Massachusetts who are updating and or improving their farm food safety practice.The presentation will provide growers, as well as the general public, with an overview of the following;

    1. Farm Registration (Produce Farms)
    2. Overview of the Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
    3. The Massachusetts Produce Inspection Program (PSP)
    4. Mission
    5. Statutory Authority
    6. Rule-Writing
    7. Market Access and the Commonwealth Quality Program
    8. Sector support; Education, Outreach and Technical Assistance
    9. Produce Inspections: What to expect in Massachusetts.
    10. Questions?

     

Presented by – Michael Botehlo, MDAR’s Produce Safety, Market Access and Certification Program Area Director

More speakers may be added to this line-up as the meeting approaches. The meeting will also include a delegate’s session, during which appointed county representatives will discuss and vote on policy priorities for 2019 and beyond.

Registration Details

  • 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
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TRADE SHOW BOOTH INFORMATION

Trade booth space is being offered again this year. If you are an allied business member of Farm Bureau, please contact our office for discounted pricing information. Trade show booth space will be $450 for an 8’x2’ booth. Booth space is at a premium and based on prior demand, you should act quickly to reserve your spot.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

MFBF is again offering annual meeting sponsorship opportunities. The Board of Directors will recognize your company as an industry leader by sponsoring the 2018 MFBF Annual meeting and its activities. We are offering four levels of sponsorship:

Platinum Level-$650* (*Trade Show booth included with Platinum Level sponsorship)
Gold Level-$450
Silver Level-$250
Bronze Level-$150

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Please contact Joan Monaco at 508-481-4766 or email at joan@mfbf.net


YF&R Bingo Fundraiser



Spouse Activity Friday, November 30th – Held During Delegate Session

Make A Tea Cup Arrangement  With Sandy Medeiros
Friday November 30 2018 at 9:30 am
All Supplies Included
$12.00 Per Person space is limited
Make your reservation to rudymedeiros@outlook.com

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