News & Updates

19
Jan
MFBF Vice President Ryan MacKay Wins Second In National Farm Achievement Award Contest

A Rutland livestock farmer and Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Vice President Ryan MacKay was awarded second place in American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) achievement award competition last week. This competition evaluates competitor's excellence in management,…

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5
Jan
Massachusetts Farm Bureau Partners With A&B Insurance

The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with A&B insurance, an independent insurance agency based in Westford, Massachusetts. This new partnership agreement will play a critical role as MFBF looks towards it future and expanding…

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5
Jan
New Version of MFBF Website Launched

The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has launched an enhanced version of http://mfbf.net/. The website presents the latest news and updates about MFBF’s programs and activities.    “The new website showcases MFBF’s commitment to its farmer members,”…

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21
Dec
USDA's Dairy Margin Coverage Program Now Open For 2022 Enrollment

The signup period for 2022 coverage under USDA’s Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program is now underway. DMC offers effective margin protection for small and mid-sized farms and affordable catastrophic coverage for large farms. More than $1.1 billion – a record – in DMC payments…

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21
Dec
RMA Publishes Proposed Changes To The Apple Crop Insurance Policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced publication of a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the Apple Crop Provisions. The proposed changes are based on stakeholder feedback and recommended changes from a contracted study on the apple crop insurance program. Following…

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21
Dec
Ag Labor Must Be Exempt From Travel Restrictions

The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with more than 60 other agriculture groups, sent a letter to the Biden administration requesting that agricultural workers be exempted from travel restrictions from South Africa. The “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants…

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21
Dec
Farmers Struggle With Skyrocketing Fertilizer Prices

Fertilizer prices continue to skyrocket, as much as 300% in some areas, as farmers grapple with increased costs as they prepare for the 2022 growing season. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Market Intel examines the short- and long-term factors impacting fertilizer supply…

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21
Dec
MFBF Member Brian Wick Appointed to National Farm Bureau Issues Advisory Committee

The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased to announce that Brian Wick from Plymouth has been appointed by American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall to AFBF’s environmental regulations advisory committee.    “I am honored to be chosen…

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21
Dec
MFBF Member Heather Bonanno-Baker Appointed to National Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased to announce that Heather Bonanno-Baker from Methuen has been appointed by American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall to AFBF’s Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) committee.    “Being appointed…

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21
Dec
Three Farmers Awarded MFBAPF John & Liolia Schipper Grants

Through a geneours bequest from the late John and Liolia Schipper, the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Agricultural Preservation Foundation (MFBAPF) was able to award three Massachusetts farmers grants. These grants are focused on assisting Massachusetts farmers in becoming more economically viable and…

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