News & Updates

Important Farm Bureau and agricultural news

30
Sep
USDA announces $3 billion investment in agriculture, animal health, & nutrition

Katelyn Parsons

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a comprehensive set of investments to address challenges facing America’s agricultural producers. These include assistance to address challenges and costs associated with drought, animal health, market disruptions for agricultural commodities, and school…

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30
Sep
Invasive spotted lanternfly population found in Worcester Co.

Katelyn Parsons

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced today that a small population of the invasive spotted lanternfly has been found in the City of Fitchburg, close to where a lanternfly nymph was reported earlier this summer. Agricultural inspectors are in the middle of performing…

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29
Sep
Advocacy Organization Contacts Massachusetts Farmers Regarding 2016’s Ballot Question Implementation Deadline

Katelyn Parsons

You may have received an email from the Americans For Family Farmers organization asking you to sign onto a letter asking the Massachusetts legislature to maintain the 2016 Ballot Question 3’s current implementation deadline of Jan. 1, 2022. This organization states extending the deadline to 2024…

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28
Sep
MFBF Names Sunderland Cat ‘Barn Cat of the Year’

Katelyn Parsons

‘No working farm is complete without a working cat!’ This line is straight out of Sophie-Jane’s nomination for Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF’s) barn cat of the year, which was submitted by her owner Laurie Cuevas. It showcases how important these larger-than-life…

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16
Sep
Baker-Polito Administration Announces $15 Million in Support for the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program

Katelyn Parsons

Building on investments to address food insecurity amongMassachusetts residents, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced it has made available $15 million in funding through a second round of its Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program. The funding will enable the Administration to continue…

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3
Sep
RMA makes improvements to Whole-Farm Revenue Protection

Katelyn Parsons

Organic and aquaculture producers can soon benefit from updates to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) plan. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is revising the plan of insurance to make it more flexible and accessible to producers beginning in…

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2
Sep
Important Updates to Pandemic Assistance For “Sales Commodity” Producers

Katelyn Parsons

USDA made two important announcements on Aug. 24, 2021 for assistance to “sales commodity” producers under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2). “Sales commodities” include fruits, vegetables, maple sap, honey, Christmas trees, shellfish and tobacco. Originally…

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2
Sep
Risk Management Programs for Aquaculture

Katelyn Parsons

Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) The deadline to purchase a NAP policy for your 2022 crop is Sept. 30, 2021! NAP can provide shellfish growers with catastrophic coverage for losses due to natural disasters to shellfish growers. NAP is sold and serviced by your local USDA Farm Service…

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