News & Updates

Important Farm Bureau and agricultural news

27
May
RMV Implements Further Credential Extensions

Katelyn Parsons

Many Expiring Licenses, Registrations, and Other Credentials Further Extended The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has implemented further extensions to the renewal timelines for expiring motor vehicle inspection stickers, passenger plate registrations, professional credentials, and driver’s…

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26
May
AFT is hiring in Pittsfield & Wareham

Katelyn Parsons

American Farmland Trust is seeking two experienced professionals to help farmers and other landowners with on farm conservation.  Both positions will be in Massachusetts, one located in Pittsfield and primarily serving Berkshire County, the other located in Wareham, primarily serving the southeastern…

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19
May
Guidance for the Reopening of Stables

Katelyn Parsons

WORKPLACE SAFETY and REOPENING STANDARDS FOR BUSINESSES PROVIDING OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL EXPERIENCES AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES The governor’s office released guidance for the opening of stables on Monday the 25th – The guidance can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/ecotourism-application-of-guidelines-5-18-20/download…

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15
May
Seeking Your Input: Supply Chain Issues in the Ag Industry

Katelyn Parsons

The Senate Sub-group on Supply Chain and Price Gouging is looking at these issues as they impact agricultural industries and we would like to hear from you about any issues related to either accessing supplies you need or being able to sell your products. If you have any feedback you would like the…

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13
May
CFAP Direct Assistance to Producers Webinar 5/14 at 1pm

Katelyn Parsons

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Direct Assistance to Producers Webinar Thursday, May 14 at 1pm Pre-register at the link below   https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_SPWI7yOFSqaGG1JKzhEbjA The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm…

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11
May
State Officials Remind Horse Owners to Vaccinate Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Katelyn Parsons

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is reminding horse owners to vaccinate their horses against the mosquito-borne viral diseases Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). Annual vaccinations should be given now to provide protection to animals prior to peak…

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6
May
Department of Labor Standards OT Opinion Letter

Katelyn Parsons

In this letter the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) attempts to make clearer the line between harvesting and post-harvesting activities, and to answer the question Chief Justice Gants posed to plaintiffs’ counsel at oral argument in Chang & Sons:“What is the overtime obligation of…

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6
May
EIDL Loan Portal Reopens for Agricultural Businesses Only

Katelyn Parsons

www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance Agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s portal opened on May 4th as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program…

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6
May
Submit Comments to the Reopening Advisory Board

Katelyn Parsons

On April 28, Governor Baker announced the creation of the Reopening Advisory Board. This group is charged with advising the administration on strategies to reopen the economy in phases based on health and safety metrics. Click HERE, if you are interested in submitting comments to the board.  

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5
May
MDAR: COVID-19 Impact Survey

Katelyn Parsons

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is conducting a survey to gain insights from the farming community on the impact of COVID-19 on Massachusetts agriculture. We understand that this is a busy time of year, and your participation is greatly appreciated. Your response will help the…

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5
May
May 7th - COVID-19 Relief for Farmers in MA 1st District

Katelyn Parsons

Please join Congressman Richard Neal and Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Collin Peterson, for an update and discussion about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting farmers in western Massachusetts, and what resources Congress is providing to help. Learn more about the status…

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5
May
Dairy Farmers to Give Away Free Milk in Boston on May 7th

Katelyn Parsons

Beginning at 9 a.m. on May 7th, participants can drive or walk up to the school, located at 150 Morrissey Blvd. in Boston, and receive up to 2 gallons of free milk. Participants must wear face coverings during their visit. Learn more…

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4
May
SBA to Make Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

Katelyn Parsons

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal will reopen today as a result of funding authorized by Congress through…

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4
May
Farm Pick-Your-Own (PYO)/Agricultural Tourism Activities - Guidance Memo

Katelyn Parsons

The current COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an on-going concern, and many farms are wondering what they can and should do. The Department of Ag Resources with the help of Massachusetts Farm Bureau provided the document linked below that is intended to help guide the fruit and vegetable farming community…

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4
May
FY2021 Chapterland and Farm Animal Excise Tax Valuation.

Katelyn Parsons

The Farmland Valuation Advisory Commission (FVAC) annually meets to adopt the range of recommended agricultural, horticultural and forest land use values for the various categories of land classified under Chapter 61 and 61A. In valuing land classified as agricultural, horticultural or forest land under…

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