News & Updates

29
Jun
Clearway Commuinty Solar

Katelyn Parsons

Massachusetts Farm Bureau members can now go solar, no roof required. When you join a Clearway Community Solar Farm, you can support renewable power for the Commonwealth and receive an additional savings guarantee on energy. Through our special partnership with Clearway, there is no sign up cost, no…

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22
Jun
The UMass Plant Diagnostic Laboratory has Reopened

Katelyn Parsons

The UMass Plant Diagnostic Laboratory has reopened for plant disease, insect pest and invasive plant/weed samples. At this time, only accepting mail-in samples; walk-in samples cannot be accepted. Please refer to website for instructions on sample submission and to access the submission form: https://ag.umass.edu/services/plant-diagnostics-laboratory…

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22
Jun
Farm Credit East Webinar Series

Katelyn Parsons

This month, Farm Credit East is hosting a series of webinars that will provide outlooks for specific sectors of agriculture, including feed grain and dairy, forestry, livestock, and the fruit and vegetable industries. Each webinar aims to equip Northeast producers with relevant information and insights…

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22
Jun
State Agriculture Officials Urge Horse Owners To Vaccinate Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Katelyn Parsons

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

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22
Jun
MDAR: June/July Farm and Market Report

Katelyn Parsons

The Farm and Market Report is the MDAR’s bi-monthly newsletter which includes the Commissioner’s Column, program and grant updates, workshop and educational updates, USDA News, along with a Calendar and Classified section. Click HERE for the latest Issue

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12
Jun
More Funding and More Vendors for HIP

Katelyn Parsons

Below is language that we can use HIP Expansion Opens up Opportunities for Farms As part of the response to COVID 19, the Commonwealth is both increasing the amount of funding for the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) as well as allowing more farmers to participate. HIP is a nutrition program that allows…

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11
Jun
Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program

Katelyn Parsons

EEA is committed to ensuring that individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth have access to food. The goal of the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program is to ensure that individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth have access to food, with a special focus on food that is produced…

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2
Jun
Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Katelyn Parsons

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus…

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