County Farm Bureaus Gather To Set Policy Priorities for 2020, Beyond

Every fall, the 11 County Farm Bureaus that make up the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) gather at their annual meeting and establish legislative priorities for 2020 and beyond. These meetings are where Farm Bureau's policy development begins.   "Our grassroots resolution process is one of the many reasons that Farm Bureau is such a respected organization among legislators," ...
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Young Farmers & Ranchers Happenings

Upcoming YF&R Farm Tour: Echo Farm on Nov. 15 at 2 pm   Make plans to join us for a tour of Echo Farm in Hinsdale, New Hampshire on Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. This tour is open to any young farmer and their family, including children.Immediately following the tour, the YF&R committee will host a quick business meeting to discuss the 'Young at Heart' Award that is presented at MFBF's annua...
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AFBF Dairy Work Group Report

PRIORITIES, PRINCIPLES AND POLICY CONSIDERATIONS FOR FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDER REFORM January 2019, voting delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual meeting recommended to the AFBF board of directors that the organization convene a Farm Bureau- and producer-led coalition to review methods to restructure and modernize the current Federal Milk Marketing Order system. ...
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Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Hall Opening Celebration Held

The Stockbridge School of Agriculture officially unveiled the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Hall at the ribbon cutting and opening celebration the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 25. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Tricia Serio and Trustee Mary Burns were all in attendance. Thanks to a generous donation from Dr. Richard Bonanno and the Massachus...
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Pesticide Applicator License Renewal Season

IMPORTANT NOTICE AND REMINDER: CREDENTIAL EXPIRATION DATES AND FEES ASSOCIATED WITH OBTAINING "NEW" CREDENTIALS VS. ANNUAL "RENEWALS" Please note that the start of Calendar Year 2020 Annual Pesticide Applicator License Renewal season is just around the corner—beginning October 1, 2019.  Each year the Department receives inquiries as to why licenses that were issued new in August and...
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Norfolk County Farm Bureau, Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits Hosts Successful Scholarship Fundraiser

Local farmers gathered their bounty and presented it to consumers on Aug. 25 at Pour Richard's Wine & Spirits in Franklin, Massachusetts as part of a fundraiser for the Norfolk County Farm Bureau scholarship fund. More than $1,200 was raised for the fund, which benefits college students who are interesting in pursuing careers in agriculture. "This was the third time we hosted this event," sai...
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MFBAPF – John & Liolia Schipper Grant Program

Through a generous bequest to the MA Farm Bureau Agricultural Preservation 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, with an emphasis on new farmers facing challenges of building a farm business in the expensive and challenging environment of Massachusetts...
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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. The program was launched so workers can more easily take care of themselves and their families without facing financial crises. The contributions will start on Oct. 1, 2019, instead of July 1, 2019. T...
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Proposed Changes to Composting Regulation

Attention MDAR registered composters: MDAR is proposing changes to the Agricultural Composting Regulation, 330 CMR 25. These regulations will be applicable to your registered agricultural composting operation. It is recommended that you review these proposed regulations, attend the upcoming public hearings, and submit comments if you wish. Below is the notice of public hearing, a draft clean c...
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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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