News & Updates

Important Farm Bureau and agricultural news

28
Jan
USDA Temporarily Suspends Debt Collections due to COVID

Katelyn Parsons

USDA Temporarily Suspends Debt Collections, Foreclosures and Other Activities on Farm Loans for Several Thousand Distressed Borrowers Due to Coronavirus WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2021 – Due to the national public health emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of…

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28
Jan
COVID-19 Vaccination for Food and Agriculture Workers Webinar

Katelyn Parsons

CDC has designed a COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers to help employers build confidence in this important new vaccine. The toolkit will help employers across various industries educate their workforce about COVID-19 vaccines, raise awareness about the benefits of…

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26
Jan
Tax implications of the new COVID-19 relief bill

Katelyn Parsons

Farm Credit East Senior Tax Consultant Dario Arezzo presented a webinar on January 14th ENFIELD, Conn. — The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 was signed into law in the final hours of 2020. How does this new bill impact agricultural producers? Find out below…

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22
Jan
American Farm Bureau Federation Adds Massachusetts Aquaculture Resolution To Policy Book

Katelyn Parsons

A Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) resolution focused on excluding shellfish aquaculture workers from the term “seamen” under the Jones Act (Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act), has made it into 2021 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) policy. The resolution provides that…

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21
Jan
Federal Agricultural Programs Update

Katelyn Parsons

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2): Producers who received a CFAP 2 payment under the “Sales Commodities” category (fruits, vegetables, aquaculture, nursery, honey, maple, etc.) and also received a Federal Crop Insurance indemnity payment and/or a payment under the Noninsured…

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12
Jan
Farmers and FMCSA Biennial Updates

Katelyn Parsons

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all entities under its jurisdiction to update their information every two years. You are required to provide this update every two years even if your company has not changed its information, has ceased interstate operations since the…

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12
Jan
SBA PPP Reopens Jan 11

Katelyn Parsons

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial…

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12
Jan
MMFBF Member Meg Gennings Re-Appointed to AFBF Issues Advisory Committee

Katelyn Parsons

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased to announce that Meg Gennings from Amherst has been re-appointed by American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall to AFBF’s animal care advisory committee. AFBF’s advisory committees play an important role in the organization’s…

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12
Jan
2021 People’s Choice Pup, Farm Dog of the Year contest.

Katelyn Parsons

The people have spoken, meet the 2021 People’s Choice Pup, as part of the Farm Dog of the Year contest. Congratulations, Sawyer—a Brittany from Massachusetts! Sawyer is owned by former MFBF Elizabeth Smith! https://fb.watch/2ZpMQXcVH5/

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8
Jan
News and Views - December 2020/January 2021 Edition Now Online!

Katelyn Parsons

The latest edition of MFBF’s News & Views is now online. Please click here to download a PDF version of the newsletter.

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6
Jan
What’s In the New COVID-19 Relief Package for Agriculture?

Katelyn Parsons

Learn what’s in the new COVID-19 relief package for agriculture..

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6
Jan
AFBF Annual Convention

Katelyn Parsons

The American Farm Bureau Federation has opened registration for the 2021 American Farm Bureau Virtual Convention and unveiled the lineup of featured speakers including Mike Rowe, Rorke Denver and Beth Ford. Register today…

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