News & Updates

Important Farm Bureau and agricultural news

28
Apr
Hemp and Marijuana Production on APR and Farm Viability Protected Lands

Katelyn Parsons

In an effort to support the Massachusetts agricultural community, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) held statewide listening sessions in early 2020 seeking input on ways to improve its Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program and Farm Viability Enhancement Program…

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28
Apr
USDA Seeks Comments on Food System Supply Chains

Katelyn Parsons

USDA Seeks Comments on Food System Supply Chains in Response to President Biden’s Executive Order to Support Resilient, Diverse, Secure Supply Chains Federal Register Notice Outlines Information Requested by May 21 WASHINGTON, April 21, 2021 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced…

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27
Apr
MDAR: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plans for Continued Reopening

Katelyn Parsons

The Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts will reopen some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries effective May 10th and put plans in place for further reopening on May 29th and August 1st. The Administration continues to take steps to reopen the Commonwealth’s economy…

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27
Apr
New England, New York Commercial Livestock Producers Input Needed!

Katelyn Parsons

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is conducting a survey to assess the slaughter and meat processing needs of livestock producers. Commercial red meat and poultry producers in Massachusetts and adjoining states are encouraged to share their thoughts at: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6292468/Needs-of-Livestock-Producers-Relative-to-Processing. The…

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26
Apr
MFBF Applauds Steamship Authority’s Loosening Restrictions On Hay Transportation

Katelyn Parsons

MARLBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – April 26, 2021 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) was pleased when the Steamship Authority announced on April 14 in a memo that it would allow bailed, oil-free hay aboard all SSA vessels. This change came after MFBF members on Martha’s Vineyard,…

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21
Apr
MDAR: Opportunity To Rent Farmland in Northampton - Spotted Lanternfly Webinars - New FY22 Destination Development Capital (DDC) Grant Program

Katelyn Parsons

Opportunity to Rent Farmland in Northampton – Deadline for Applications is May 14 at 3:00PM MDAR is soliciting proposals for farmers to rent approximately 19.2+/- acres of farmland located on Rocky Hill Road/ Route 66 in Northampton, Massachusetts.  The property is directly across the road…

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20
Apr
Alert - Your Advocacy Voice Need on Beacon Hill

Katelyn Parsons

The Massachusetts House will soon begin debate on amendments to the House budget. Several amendments have been proposed which are important to the agricultural Community. LEARN MORE & TAKE ACTION  

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13
Apr
Paid Family and Medical Leave

Katelyn Parsons

Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) benefits are now available to your employees as of January 1, 2021 and we have already received a lot of interest in the program.

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7
Apr
MDAR: Open Application Period for MDAR Grants

Katelyn Parsons

Open Application Period for MDAR Grants MDAR is now accepting applications from agricultural operations who wish to participate in the Department’s grant programs. Grants are available to help agricultural operations make farm improvements that enhance their economic viability, help prevent negative…

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7
Apr
USDA Announces Funding Available to Organizations to Assist Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers under Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative

Katelyn Parsons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) yesterday announced the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The funding was made possible by USDA’s…

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1
Apr
AFBF Joins National Campaign to Boost Vaccine Confidence

Katelyn Parsons

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall today joined Vice President Kamala Harris and leaders from around the country to launch the COVID-19 Community Corps. AFBF is a founding member of the initiative, which seeks to increase vaccine confidence. In his remarks, Duvall underscored the…

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1
Apr
MDAR: Opportunity To Rent Land In Templeton, MA - Multiple Parcels

Katelyn Parsons

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is soliciting proposals for farmers to rent farmland located at the Templeton Developmental Center (TDC) in Templeton, Massachusetts. The property comprises multiple fields ranging in size from 1.5 acres to 22 acres.  The total land…

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