News & Updates

Important Farm Bureau and agricultural news

21
Oct
Ag groups formally object to EPA chlorpyrifos rule

Katelyn Parsons

More than 80 agricultural groups filed formal objections to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Aug. 30 rule to revoke all tolerances of chlorpyrifos. Stakeholders, by law, can object to pesticide tolerance changes or cancellations, and the EPA Administrator must then respond. In the coalition…

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20
Oct
PFML Update: What you need to know

Katelyn Parsons

All Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) benefits are now available, including leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition. The following are the most recent updates available to educate and guide you through this process. Updated: PFML Employer Toolkit Updated: PFML…

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19
Oct
Targeted Grants Now Up To $15,000; EID Loan Not Required

Katelyn Parsons

Eligible small businesses can now apply for as much as $15,000 in grants through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. These targeted and supplemental grants do not need to be repaid and do not require businesses to accept an EID Loan.  The SBA is currently accepting new…

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19
Oct
October is Cranberry Month

Katelyn Parsons

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased to share the news from the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association (CCCGA) that Massachusetts Governor Baker has again declared this October as Cranberry Month, which recognizes this native crop as an economic driver for the region. CCCGA,…

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14
Oct
Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center Opportunities

Katelyn Parsons

Dairy Business Viability & Technical Assistance Grant This grant will fund dairy processors, producer associations, supply chain businesses, and technical assistance providers in order to enhance dairy farmer and processor business operations and strengthen market opportunities. Projects…

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8
Oct
USDA Introduces New Insurance Policy for Farmers Who Sell Locally

Katelyn Parsons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is rolling out a new insurance option specifically for agricultural producers with small farms who sell locally. The new Micro Farm policy simplifies record keeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products. USDA’s Risk Management…

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6
Oct
Application Period Opens for Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program to Provide Relief to Small Producers, Processors, Distributors and Farmers Markets Impacted by COVID-19

Katelyn Parsons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for the new Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant program and encourages eligible entities to apply now for funds. Applications must be submitted electronically through the grant portal at https://usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov/usda by…

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5
Oct
Registration Open For 2022 American Farm Bureau Convention

Katelyn Parsons

The American Farm Bureau Federation announced the opening of general registration today for the 2022 American Farm Bureau Convention. The convention will be held in-person Jan. 7-12, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia, with a virtual option for portions of the event available to those not attending in-person.…

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5
Oct
Deadline for Pandemic Assistance (Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2)

Katelyn Parsons

The final deadline for filing a new or modified application under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – Phase 2 (CFAP 2) with the USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) is October 12, 2021. The purpose of CFAP 2 is to provide financial assistance to producers who faced and continue to face market…

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5
Oct
94G Hemp Amendment Update

Katelyn Parsons

On December 11, 2020, Massachusetts General Laws (“M.G.L.”) Chapter 94G, which regulates the use and distribution of adult-use marijuana, was amended to expand opportunities for hemp and hemp-derived products in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (“MDAR”)…

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5
Oct
Farm Credit East Webinar: Is a Methane Digester Right for your Dairy Farm?

Katelyn Parsons

If you are interested in adding a Methane Digester to your Dairy Operation, please join Farm Credit East on Wednesday, October 20, at 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern, for a webinar on renewable natural gas methane digesters for dairy farms. Paul Sousa from Western United Dairies will present an overview of…

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5
Oct
USDA Announces $100M In Supply Chain Funds

Katelyn Parsons

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a federal investment aimed at the middle of the food supply chain should improve economic conditions for producers and consumers alike. The $100 million in funding comes in the form of loan guarantees backed by USDA. They are intended to “increase…

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