Heidi Cooper Graduates AFBF’s Communications Bootcamp

Following a competitive selection process, MFBF's YF&R Committee Chair Heidi Cooper was chosen for American Farm Bureau's Women's Communications Bootcamp, which she attended last week and subsequently graduated. This intensive training program happens twice a year and briefs 15 women from across the country on how to be stronger advocates for agriculture.   "I was very excited and h...
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Hampshire County Farm Bureau Hosts Legislative Tour

About a dozen local legislators joined Hampshire County Farm Bureau to tour local farms on June 7. The tour showcased local agriculture and gave the legislators an opportunity to connect with local farmers and learn issues that they are concerned with. "Connections built on tours like these are key," said Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Mark Amato. "On June 7, Hampshire C...
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Young Farmers Host 7th Annual Livestock On The Common Event

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) young farmers and ranchers (YF&R) committee members brought their livestock to the Boston Common on June 5 to answer legislators' and consumers' questions about the care and management of livestock. During these interactions, farmers and MFBF staff discussed bills of importance that they are supporting this session. Those bills included: HB868 (H...
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MFBF Supports Dairy Producers During Dairy Month, Year Round

For more than a century, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has supported local dairy farmers by advocating on their behalf for policy that can help keep them farming. As June has been dubbed National Dairy Month and commodity milk prices remain low, consumers should consider showing their support for the local dairy farmer. June 4, 2019 - For more than a century, Massachusetts Farm Bure...
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Livestock on the Common

Join Us For The 7th Annual Livestock on the Common Date: June 5 , 2019Time: 11 am until 2 pm Where: Boston Common, Across the Street from the Statehouse   Come get an up-close view of farm animals and meet the farmers who care for them. Learn about Massachusetts agriculture, discuss farm policy and bills, and enjoy free, locally made ice cream.
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Over-Weight Permits AND Massachusetts Farm Plates

Over-Weight permits are allowed on farm plates only for Reducible Loads. A reducible load is a load that can be reduced to legal size or weight, or that is practically divided in a way that does not diminish value or inhibit its intended purpose. Example would include a hauler moving potatoes. To obtain an overweight permit for your farm plated vehicle contact MassDOT at 781-431-5148 or v...
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Join Your Local Producer, MFBF In Celebrating Beef Month

With Memorial Day weekend signaling the unofficial start to grilling season and beef being a culinary favorite in the American diet, the month of May has been dubbed 'beef month.' One organization, the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF), is proud to advocate for local protein producers on Beacon Hill.   "The 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture indicates that are 879 beef cattle o...
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Introducing Ford Benefit for Massachusetts Farm Bureau members!

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased to announce the newest member benefit. Farm Bureau members in Massachusetts can now receive a $500 Bonus Cash offer from Ford Motor Company or $750 Lincoln Motor Company on a purchase or lease of a new qualifying vehicle. You must be a Farm Bureau member in Massachusetts for 30 consecutive days prior to purchase or lease. “Ford Motor Compa...
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MFBF’s Response To Release Of 2017 U.S. Census Of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its findings from the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture last week based on self-reported data from more than 70 percent of producers across the United States. Key findings in Massachusetts were that the number of farm operations has shrank to 7,241 and acreage has declined to 491,653.   "W...
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USDA Designates Six Massachusetts Counties as Primary Disaster Areas

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border States Also Available WASHINGTON, March 26, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated six Massachusetts counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Berkshire, Bristol, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties who suffered losses caused by excessive rainfall and moisture that occurred on or aft...
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