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Farmers Union Goes to School

Recently, New England Farmers Union attended two events at western Massachusetts high schools to talk to students about specific policy issues they can get involved in, such as GMO labeling, and to let future graduates know what kinds of careers are available in agriculture. The events presented an opportunity for Farmers Union representatives to spread the…  Read more

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Beginning Farmers, Educational Opportunities, farm-to-school, GMO

Collaboration Supports Healthy Food Access at New England Food Co-ops

Over the past 18 months, New England Farmers Union Education Foundation, in partnership with affiliate member the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, worked with the Co-operative Fund of New England and Hunger Free Vermont on a project called Food Co-ops & Healthy Food Access.   The project supports neighboring food co-ops to make healthy food and co-op ownership more…  Read more

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Cooperatives, Nutrition

Grants Available to Fund Rural Business Development

GUEST BLOG POST By Barbara Patterson, government relations representative, National Farmers Union The renewal of rural America through increased business and agriculture cooperative development remains at the forefront of Farmers Union’s mission. One program for these purposes is the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG), something NFU has been an advocate for since the mid-1990s. NFU voiced its support for the program…  Read more

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Funding Opportunities, National Farmers Union

Legal Concerns Around Farm Workers and Employees

GUEST BLOG POST By Sanne Kure-Jensen Farming is hard work and many farmers seek help from volunteers, compensated volunteers (trade food and/or housing for labor) and paid employees. Farmers want their workers to be happy and productive. Rachel Armstrong led an informative webinar on the legal considerations around unpaid and compensated volunteers. “Ag. law is…  Read more

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Educational Opportunities, Farm Economics, Farm Safety, Farm Workers, Legal Issues, Risk Management

Congress Should Keep its Hands Off of COOL Until WTO Process Is Over

The decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) is due sometime in mid to late May, and when that announcement happens, Congress needs to resist any attempts to change the popular labeling law until the WTO appeals process has been completely exhausted and a final determination is reached.   It would be…  Read more

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Country of Origin Labeling
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