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Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley Events Support Farmers

New England Farmers was proud to sponsor two great events in April, the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) summit at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the PVGrows Spring Forum at Open Square in Holyoke. The two events were quite different in scale — the FINE gathering drew 600 attendees from throughout the region;…  Read more

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farm-to-school, Farmland Preservation, Healthcare, Regional Food Systems

Tell Congress: Fast Track is the Wrong Track for U.S. Food and Farmers

Congress has just introduced Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. This bill would all but ensure that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would go through. It hands over the Constitutional authority of Congress to review trade agreements to the President. Many members of Congress have yet to declare their position on TPA. They need to hear from their…  Read more

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FDA Proposed Rule Would Expand Exemptions Under FSMA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is issuing a proposed rule to amend and update its regulation on registration of food facilities. The proposed rule would provide for improvements to the food facility registration system, and would also implement certain provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which adds new…  Read more

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Farmers Union Supports Maine Farmers’ Access to High Speed Internet

New England Farmers Union (NEFU) President Roger Noonan, and several Maine-based NEFU members testified in Augusta on April 2 to support a bill that would help fund high-speed Internet service for the remaining 6 percent of rural Mainers who don’t have such service, many of whom are farmers. NEFU’s member-written policy supports efforts to provide…  Read more

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Farm Demographics, Farmer Leaders, Rural Development

Maine Farmer Reflects on NFU Convention

GUEST BLOG POST By Margaret Hathaway, Ten Apple Farm When I was elected to be one of New England’s delegates to the National Farmers Union convention this March, I was honored by the trust placed in me, but unsure what to expect from the convention. Our Ten Apple Farm is on a small scale, our…  Read more

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Beginning Farmers, Farmer Leaders, Farmers, Fly-In, Grass Roots Policy, National Farmers Union, NEFU Members, Women Producers
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