News & Updates

Important Farm Bureau and agricultural news

19
Nov
Do You Have A Buddy On The Farm? Enter Them In MFBF’s Inaugural Farm Dog Photo Contest

Katelyn Parsons

Do you have a farm dog that follows you around the barnyard, works alongside you, and provides constant companionship? Honor them this winter by entering them in MFBF’s Inaugural Farm Dog Photo Contest before the Dec. 15 deadline! The contest is sponsored by The Pet Food Institute and prizes will…

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19
Nov
New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

Katelyn Parsons

The premier vegetable and fruit conference in the Northeast will take place December 13-17, 2021. Conference organizers have designed a high quality program with grower input, recruiting some of the most innovative farmers, educators and researchers across the northeast and beyond. $50 registration…

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19
Nov
Proposed Water Rule A Return To Overreaching Regulations

Katelyn Parsons

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to replace the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. “AFBF is disappointed EPA is returning to an overly complicated interim water rule. Overreaching regulations…

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19
Nov
Growers Frustrated EPA Opted Against Best Science In BEs

Katelyn Parsons

“The best available science and data.” It’s a phrase that carries heavy weight—or at least it should, as “the best available science and data” is the standard by which a regulatory agency is charged with conducting Endangered Species Act decisions. It is also the…

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19
Nov
Applications Open For New Farm, Food Workers Relief Grant Program

Katelyn Parsons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is accepting applications for the new Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) grant program first announced on Sept. 7, 2021. The program will provide $665 million to fund competitive grant applications to provide relief to farmworkers and meatpacking…

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5
Nov
News and Views - Oct/Nov 2021 Edition Now Online!

Katelyn Parsons

The latest edition of MFBF’s News & Views is now online. Please click here to download a PDF version of the newsletter.

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4
Nov
Five online sessions on greenhouse management

Katelyn Parsons

Join Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County for five online sessions on various aspects of Greenhouse Management, Nov. 18, 2021 – Jan. 27, 2022. The Greenhouse Grower Meeting Series will be held online via Zoom. All sessions begin at…

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4
Nov
Mass. farmland owners in Connecticut River watershed invited to apply for federal farmland protection program

Katelyn Parsons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with Hilltown Land Trust, Kestrel Land Trust, Franklin Land Trust, and Mass Audubon, have announced that farmland owners in the Connecticut River Valley Watershed in western…

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4
Nov
MFBF Urges Ivermectin Use Limited To Labeled Use

Katelyn Parsons

Ivermectin is a popular treatment for parasites in livestock and is approved for use in people for treatment of some parasitic worms and treatment of external parasites. However, in recent months, this de-wormer has grown in popularity for an off-label treatment of COVID, based on misinformation. Due…

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