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Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF’s) Annual Meeting will be co-hosted by Cape & Islands and Hampden County Farm Bureau’s. The 2019 meeting will be held on December 5 & 6 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA, 01701.

Join your neighbors and friends in celebrating Massachusetts agricultural industry and the successes of the state’s largest general farm organization. This two-day event is where Farm Bureau members establish policy for the upcoming year, attend workshops and learning sessions, as well as enjoy good food, entertainment and a bit of rest and relaxation away from the farm.

This year’s MFBF Annual Meeting is a value-packed program. Thursday, December 5th will be a full day of workshops that 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. The dinner banquet will honor the 2019 John Ogonowski award winner.

Staying overnight? Farm Bureau members can book accommodations for Wednesday, December 4th  & Thursday, December 5th at a rate of $119.95 for a single or double room, taxes are extra. To make your reservation visit:

Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center Reservation Link

Phone: 1-800-325-3535, when making reservations please make sure you mention that you are part of the Farm Bureau room block to ensure proper room rates.


General Sessions & Workshop Information

Session I- 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Deer Ticks:  “One Bite Can Change Your Life…”
    *1.5 Pesticide Credit Hours

    Lyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis.  In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever and Powassan virus, all of which can be very serious.

    This program will review the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks, incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses in addition to a database under development on infection rates of ticks.  A three point protection plan will be presented:  Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet.  Tick-Borne Diseases are preventable.

    Presented by Larry Dapsis – Entomologist since age five…B.S.  Environmental Science & Biology at Fitchburg State University and M.S.  Entomology at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.  Thirty-six years of professional pest management experience including Vegetables, Cranberries and Household Insects.  Joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases.

  • HEMP – What You Need to Know, Before You Grow.
    Description and presenters TBA
  • Small Scale Backyard PoultrySponsored by MFBF YF&R Program
    Description and presenters TBA

 Session II- 1:00 PM -2:30 PM

  • Labor Panel – H2A Refrom
    Description and presenters TBA
  • Overtime Regulations
    Description and presenters TBA
  • Bee-ing More Safe With Pesticides – *1.5 Pesticide Credit Hours
    This program will feature an overview of honey bee health including data on local and national populations. The impact of pesticides on honey bees and methods that applicators can take to reduce un-intended negative impacts will also be discussed. The program will also provide information on the role of MDAR’s Apiary and Pesticide Enforcement Programs in investigating incidences of bee kills suspected to be due to pesticide use. Data related to the prevalence of pesticides in Massachusetts apiaries will also be shared.

    Presented by Kim Skyrm, Ph.D.  –
    Chief Apiary Inspector/Apiary Program Coordinator

    Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
    Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) Vice President

Workshop Session III – 3:30 PM -4:45 PM

  • Meet the Candidates Q&A
    This general session will feature all the candidates that are running for MFBF office.  Come sit and listen to their plans and vision on why they are running for office.  Also, members will be allowed to ask questions to candidates and listen to responses.

Registration Details
MFBF is pleased to announce John Deere as its Elite Sponsor for the 2019 Annual Meeting! Their generous support has allowed us to subsidize the half day and full day registrations in order to keep the cost down to our members at this meeting. These prices are only made possible through their sponsorship. Please visit www.johndeere.com for more information on their products and/or services.

  • Half day lunch registration (dinner is not included) – $25.00
  • Half day dinner registration (lunch is not included) -$35.00
  • Full day lunch/dinner registration – $60.00

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Social Hour – Presented by American National Insurance Company

Due to the generous support of American National Insurance Company MFBF will enjoy hot and cold hors d’oeuvres at our social hour before dinner on December 5th.


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


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