News & Updates

7
Mar
“Maple Month” Begins March 1!

March is known in the agricultural community as ‘Maple Month,’ and the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) encourages consumers to purchase a gallon of local syrup to show their support of this industry. This declaration was also made by Governor Baker on Friday when a first…

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2
Mar
2021 Annual Report Now Available!

Click here to download MFBF's 2021 Annual Report.

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28
Feb
Northeast Regional Webinar On Proposed Agricultural Water Rule

 For more information on the Proposed Rule on Agricultural Water, see the attached fact sheet and this link. Click “en español” for a Spanish translation. https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-modernization-act-fsma/fsma-proposed-rule-agricultural-water The proposed rule is available…

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25
Feb
New England Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

Know a farmer or forestland owner who goes above and beyond in their care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2022 New England Leopold Conservation Award®.    Sand County Foundation and national sponsor American Farmland Trust present the Leopold Conservation…

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2
Feb
COVID Housing Guidance For H2A Workers in 2022

As farmers prepare for H2A workers to arrive for the 2022 season, it is important to know the guidelines for housing them as the COVID virus continues to spread. MFBF met with the state Monitor Advocate and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) to confirm any changes to…

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25
Jan
MFBF Names New Braintree Dog ‘Farm Dog of the Year’

Guard dogs provide Massachusetts farmers with companionship and protect livestock from predator attacks. Bear Paw, who is a maremma, alongside Mr. Magoo and Moose, two other maremmas, protect 10 species of livestock on 77 acres in New Braintree. Since owner Rhonda Howe adopted these three guard dogs,…

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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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