News & Updates

17
Nov
Massachusetts Young Farmer and Rancher are raising money for the Hurricane Ian Relief Fund!

Massachusetts YF&R is helping out the farmers who were impacted by Hurricane Ian by raising funds via eventbrite.   "We know that farming is a hard job, but throwing hurricanes in is something completely different. We would like to help out Florida Farm Bureau by creating a fund that will…

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17
Nov
Dairy Farm Innovation & Alternative Management Grant

This grant provides funds to support the implementation of community- and climate-forward production strategies. Projects funded through this grant program should take a whole farm system approach and increase collaboration with other farms or dairy sector stakeholders.     Projects may address…

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9
Nov
USDA Releases Nationwide Farmer, Rancher and Forest Manager Prospective Customer Survey

Are you a farmer, rancher or forest manager? Please share your vital feedback with USDA by taking a nationwide survey at farmers.gov/survey! The survey is completely anonymous, will take about 10 minutes to complete, is available in multiple languages, and will be open until March 31, 2023. The survey…

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9
Nov
Food Security Infrastructure Grant (FSIG) Program Experience Survey

The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture is conducting an online survey in order to increase our understanding of the impact of the Food Security Infrastructure Grant (FSIG)  and identify areas for program improvement. Take the survey, here Your responses will help…

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9
Nov
New Big E vendor donates surplus food

Following the end of the renowned 17-day Fair, Chris Bayle, owner of the popular new food vendor BoardWok Noodles, donated surplus food to The Parish Cupboard of Agawam and West Springfield. The Parish Cupboard provides meals and groceries to individuals and families in need throughout West Springfield,…

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9
Nov
Farmers Urge Intervention to Prevent Rail Strike

The potential for a railway shutdown because several rail unions have yet to ratify a labor agreement has farmers worried about how they’re going to get their just-harvested grain to market. And looking ahead, they’re concerned that a shutdown will prevent the delivery of critical inputs,…

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26
Oct
USDA Announces Ranking Cut-off Date For Wetland Reserve Easements in MA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced December 30, 2022 as the application cut-off date for the Wetland Reserve Easement component of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which protects critical water resources…

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19
Oct
Farm Credit East Offers Seminars For The Next Generation Of Agricultural Producers

A successful manager is required to master many aspects of the farm business. To help the next generation develop the necessary business and financial skills, Farm Credit East is hosting GenerationNext seminars this fall and winter. Anyone who would like to sharpen their management skills is encouraged…

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19
Oct
American Farmland Trust Opens Applications for 2023 New England Farmer Microgrants Program: Grants of Up to $10,000 Available to Livestock Producers

American Farmland Trust opened applications today for the 2023 New England Farmer Microgrants Program (NEFMP). Now in its fourth year, the program addresses regional barriers farmers face: access to land, farm succession and land transfer planning, and adopting regenerative agriculture or soil…

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12
Oct
Register now for MDAR Agricultural Business Training winter courses

Growing Your Farm Business Planning Course   Tuesday evenings 5:30 – 8:30pm January 17th – March 14th, 2023 MDAR office in Southborough, MA     A hands-on course to help established farmers develop a business plan and financial projections for their farm business. This course…

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