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Pumpkinfest Booth Cooks Up Member Farmers’ Ingredients

The Franklin County Pumpkinfest in Turners Falls has grown over the last 10 years to become a signature event leading up to Halloween, for those in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. Roughly 10,000 residents turn up on Avenue A to see the lit-up jack-o-lanterns and the costumes. New England Farmers Union is proud to have…  Read more

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Farm-to-Table, Uncategorized

Short and Long Term Solutions for the Dairy and Drought Crisis in New England

Guest Blog Post by: New England Farmers Union Member, Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield’s Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture This year has been devastating for many dairy farmers in the Northeast.  Low prices for conventional milk and a severe drought have delivered a one-two punch that many dairies have been unable to withstand, with 16% of…  Read more

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Dairy, Environment

Recent FSMA Updates from FDA

The first key compliance date for the Preventive Controls Rule, one of the main provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is just around the corner. This rule, which will largely impact food processors and manufacturers, and may impact some farms engaged in value-added processing and related activities, will require compliance for many businesses…  Read more

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$1.5 Million Grant Awarded to NEFU & Partners by FDA to Help Underserved Groups Implement FSMA, Improve Food Safety

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is currently being implemented and will have a significant impact on many food producers and processors. On August 23, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a $1.5 million grant to the National Farmers Union (NFU) Foundation to deliver outreach and training on FSMA to underserved growers…  Read more

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Farmers, Farming Practices, FSMA, National Farmers Union, NEFU Members

Baker-Polito Administration Launches Drought Emergency Loan Fund

New fund will provide affordable working capital to family farms and other small businesses impacted by historic drought conditions Guest Blog Post By: Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito BOSTON –Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of the Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund, which has the capacity to provide up to $1…  Read more

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