News & Updates

Important Farm Bureau and agricultural news

30
Oct
Financial Assistance Available: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) 2

Katelyn Parsons

Signup began September 21 and runs through December 11, 2020, for the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments (CFAP 2) at the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office that serves your farming operation . The purpose of CFAP 2 is to provide financial assistance to producers who continue…

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28
Oct
Upcoming Webinars: USDA Coronavirus Relief Programs and Dairy Risk Management - Updated Economic Impact Study Released

Katelyn Parsons

The USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, Part 2 (CFAP 2): What “Specialty Crop” Producers Should Know Date: Friday, November 6, 11AM-Noon EST Target Audience: Nursery & Greenhouse Growers, Fruit & Vegetable Growers, Aquaculture Producers, Tobacco Growers, Maple Syrup Producers,…

28
Oct
Upcoming Webinars: USDA Coronavirus Relief Programs and Dairy Risk Management - Updated Economic Impact Study Released

Katelyn Parsons

The USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, Part 2 (CFAP 2): What “Specialty Crop” Producers Should Know Date: Friday, November 6, 11AM-Noon EST Target Audience: Nursery & Greenhouse Growers, Fruit & Vegetable Growers, Aquaculture Producers, Tobacco Growers, Maple Syrup Producers,…

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26
Oct
Agricultural Business Training Program (ABTP)

Katelyn Parsons

Offers courses, trainings, and workshops to Massachusetts farmers. MDAR’s Agricultural Business Training Program offers two courses for Massachusetts agricultural enterprises: Exploring the Small Farm Dream – five session course, typically offered on weekday evenings, using curriculum and…

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23
Oct
Learn How Your Operation Can Benefit from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) 2

Katelyn Parsons

The UMass Extension Risk Management Education Program in cooperation with the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation and the USDA – Farm Service Agency (FSA) conducted an information session via Zoom Meeting on CFAP 2 along with some upcoming Federal Crop Insurance deadlines on Wednesday, November…

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20
Oct
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has upgraded to a new system known as ATLAS

Katelyn Parsons

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has upgraded to a new system, ATLAS, to deliver exceptional customer service. As part of the upgrade to ATLAS, the  system  includes a new eServices Portal for Section 5. The eServices Portal will give your users the ability to: Apply for…

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15
Oct
AFBF21 Virtual Annual Convention

Katelyn Parsons

2021 Virtual Annual Convention The 102nd American Farm Bureau Convention will be held online following the cancellation of all events through January 31, 2021, at the San Diego Convention Center where the convention was scheduled to take place. Our event will be fully virtual to accommodate this change…

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15
Oct
12 Massachusetts County Farm Bureaus Gather Virtually To Set Policy Priorities For 2021, Beyond

Katelyn Parsons

MARLBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – Oct. 15, 2020 – This year, the 12 counties that make up Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) met virtually to elect their officers and establish legislative priorities for 2021 and beyond. Typically, these meetings are held in person, during which members…

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14
Oct
Dairy Margin Coverage Program Enrollment for 2021 Opens Oct. 13

Katelyn Parsons

Enhancements to Online Dairy Decision Tool Now Available CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISCONSIN, Oct. 8, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 for 2021 enrollment. “This year has been…

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14
Oct
Critical drought conditions declared in parts of Massachusetts

Katelyn Parsons

BOSTON — Due to five months of below normal rainfall, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides today declared a Level 3 – Critical Drought in the Southeast Region of the Commonwealth. The other six regions across the state — the Western, Connecticut River…

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9
Oct
Baker-Polito Administration Declares October “Massachusetts Cranberry Month”

Katelyn Parsons

Boston — Governor Charlie Baker today declared October as “Massachusetts Cranberry Month,” continuing the Commonwealth’s support of cranberry farmers and encouraging Massachusetts residents to purchase locally produced cranberry products. “The cranberry industry is a significant…

9
Oct
Baker-Polito Administration Declares October “Massachusetts Cranberry Month”

Katelyn Parsons

Boston — Governor Charlie Baker today declared October as “Massachusetts Cranberry Month,” continuing the Commonwealth’s support of cranberry farmers and encouraging Massachusetts residents to purchase locally produced cranberry products. “The cranberry industry is a significant…

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7
Oct
MA DPH COVID-19 Community Impact Survey

Katelyn Parsons

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA-DPH) is trying to hear from communities so that it can better help people through the COVID-19 crisis. By taking this survey, you can help find new solutions to community problems, and give MA-DPH the information they need to take action and support…

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7
Oct
White-Reinhardt Grants and Scholarships

Katelyn Parsons

Applications for White-Reinhardt grants and scholarships are due October 15! $1,000 grants are available for county and state Farm Bureaus to fund Spring 2021 ag literacy projects. Scholarships to the 2021 National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Iowa are also available! Scholarships provide travel…

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5
Oct
FMLA Important Notice Pertaining to Annual Rate Adjustments

Katelyn Parsons

Pursuant to Section 30 of the Acts of 2018, the Department of Family and Medical Leave will not make adjustments to the contribution rate or the maximum weekly benefit amount until October 2021. Accordingly, the following rates will remain in effect for calendar year 2021: The contribution rate will…

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1
Oct
Zoom Meeting on Covid-19 and Agritourism/PYO - 10/5 at 1 PM

Katelyn Parsons

Farm Bureau/DAR call on  COVID-19 Violations at PYO and Agritourism Facilities There have been many complaints coming into the state about alleged violation of COVID19 restrictions at Agritourism and Pick-Your-Own operations. Farm Bureau is hosting a Zoom Meeting  on Monday to discuss this…

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1
Oct
2021 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar..Buy Yours Today!

Katelyn Parsons

The annual Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar is an excellent resource that serves as an educational tool for teachers, legislators and the public. The calendar provides an attractive daily reminder of the diversity of agriculture across the state. It includes monthly educational/teaching tips, special…

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