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Vermont & NEASDA to Host Listening Session on FSMA

Regional Farmers and Food Processors Invited to Attend The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, in conjunction with the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NEASDA), will host an open Listening Session on November 17, 2014, to offer farmers and food processors an opportunity to provide comment on new supplemental rules proposed by…  Read more

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Diversified Farms, FSMA, Regional Policy

Misunderstandings of the Producer Protection Plan

GUEST EDITORIAL by Arden Tewksbury, Manager, Progressive Agriculture Organization  Finally, thousands of dairy farmers in the United States are realizing many of the shortcomings of the new margin insurance program called the Producer Protection Plan that is being strongly supported by different so-called experts all across the United States. One of the largest concerns I’m hearing from dairy farmers is…  Read more

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Cooperatives, Dairy, Farm Bill 2013, FSA, Risk Management, Uncategorized

Member Profile: Beginning Dairy Farmer Chelsea Kruse

It was serendipity that pulled Chelsea Kruse into dairy farming. When she was a sixth-grader, a teacher aide at her elementary school invited Kruse to visit her dairy farm and to learn about the 4-H club she worked with. “I went one weekend and…never stopped going back.” Today, Kruse has come a long way from…  Read more

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Beginning Farmers, Dairy, Farmer Leaders, Farmer Profile, Fly-In, National Farmers Union

NFU at the International Summit of Cooperatives

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today discussed the role of family farming and co-operatives in food security and food sovereignty as part of a panel discussion at the International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec City, Canada. New England Farmers Union is a regional chapter of National Farmers Union. “Family farms and ranches worldwide…  Read more

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Consumers, Cooperatives, hunger relief, International Agriculture, International Year of Family Farming, National Farmers Union

Specialty Crop Block Grants Bring $2.2 Million to New England Agriculture

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service on Oct. 2 announced awards amounting to more than $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG) administered through state departments of agriculture. As a region, New England received $2,264,798 for 60 projects in six states. Several NEFU affiliate and organizational members are among the awardees, including Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, the…  Read more

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Agriculture Research, Farm Bill 2013, farm-to-school, Funding Opportunities, Regional Food Systems, Regional Marketing, Regional Policy, USDA
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