News & Updates

31
Mar
COVID-19 Aid Released and Expanded to Include More Producers

Katelyn Parsons

USDA announced today its plans to distribute more than $12 billion under a program called Pandemic Assistance for Producers, which includes aid that had been put on hold as well as funds newly allocated in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The program assists farmers and ranchers who previously did…

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25
Mar
MDAR: DLS Alert: Farm Value Advisory Commission FY22 Recommended Chapter Land Values

Katelyn Parsons

Farm Value Advisory Commission FY22 Recommended Chapter Land Values The Division of Local Services has posted the Farmland Valuation Advisory Commission adopted range of recommended agricultural, horticultural, and forest land use values for the various categories of land classified under Chapter 61…

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23
Mar
MDAR: Application Period Open for MDAR Viability Grant Programs

Katelyn Parsons

Application Period Open for MDAR Viability Grant Programs The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is accepting applications from Massachusetts farmers who wish to participate in these Department programs that help with farm viability in Fiscal Year 2022.  Applications are…

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22
Mar
Farmland Valuations

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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18
Mar
MFBF Is Seeking Candidates To Serve As The Executive Director (E.D.)

Katelyn Parsons

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation is seeking candidates to serve as the Executive Director (E.D.) of Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF).  To manage the business of the Federation including the staff and coordinate volunteer leaders to aggressively promote Farm Bureau programs and…

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18
Mar
Massachusetts Loosens Restrictions for a Range of Indoor and Outdoor Venues

Katelyn Parsons

Massachusetts is loosening restrictions and announcing new operation guidelines for sports and entertainment venues, as well as replacing its travel advisory starting Monday, the governor said. As of March 22, large capacity sports and entertainment venues – including indoor and outdoor stadiums,…

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17
Mar
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Vaccinations

Katelyn Parsons

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) are spread by mosquitos and can cause fatal neurologic disease in horses, other animals, and people. Routine vaccination can prevent these diseases in horses. Cannot afford this life-saving vaccine? MDAR is partnering with local veterinarians…

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17
Mar
Vaccine Update for Food and Ag Workers

Katelyn Parsons

All staff involved in the production, processing, storage, transport, wholesale and retail sale, preparation, and service of food and consumer goods, including farm and other agricultural workers, including farm stand and nurseries” become eligible for vaccines 3/22/2021. Also included are “Food…

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12
Mar
Write your members of Congress today and urge them to support the Death Tax Repeal Act!

Katelyn Parsons

Farmers and ranchers are disproportionately impacted by estate taxes due to the value of farmland, making it difficult to continue a family business after the death of a loved one.  Many of you have experienced the impacts of the estate tax, or death tax.  Imagine if other farmers and ranchers…

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11
Mar
Guidelines for Farmworker Housing

Katelyn Parsons

MFBF has been in discussion with DAR to clarify requirements for farmworker housing under COVID and to facilitate more flexible requirements that are site and situation specific. To this end, DAR, DPH and Department of Career Services have revised guidance on farm labor housing requirements.  Please…

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11
Mar
Farmers Sought for Interviews ($50 incentive) for UNH Study on Farm Viability

Katelyn Parsons

The Food Systems Lab at the University of New Hampshire is conducting a research study about increasing farm income and local and regional food production in New England. Participation involves a conversational interview (on the farm or virtual) that lasts about an hour. Participants will be offered…

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11
Mar
March 15 Deadline for election & enrollment for 2021 ARC, PLC programs

Katelyn Parsons

DES MOINES, Iowa — Agricultural producers in Iowa who have not yet elected and enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2021 have until March 15. Producers who have not signed a contract or who want to make an election change should contact their…

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9
Mar
Stewardship Assistance and Restoration (SARA) application period open

Katelyn Parsons

Request for Response Application – AGR SARA 2022  The SARA program helps improve the status and condition of land that has been protected by an APR.  Massachusetts farmers who own or operate farmland placed under an APR held by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources are…

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5
Mar
MA Farm Bureau 2021 Legislative White Paper

Katelyn Parsons

The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is a non-profit dedicated to representing and protecting the interests of farmers. It is a grassroots organization run by farmers, for farmers. All MFBF’s policy is developed and approved by its farmer members.  

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5
Mar
February/March 2021 News & Views 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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2
Mar
Bristol County Board of Directors Propose County Bylaw Change

Katelyn Parsons

Please be advised the Bristol County Board of Directors recommend the following changes to  our county bylaws: Current Bristol County Bylaw: Article V, Section 3, Quorum: Seven (7) members of Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of all business of this County Farm Bureau.…

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