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NEFU Presents on Farmer Co-ops at Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Using New England Farmers Union’s Growing a Food System for the Future: A Manual for Co-operative Enterprise Development, Ned Porter, professional consultant, provided a brief overview of co-operatives and how they work and benefit producers at the Maine Agriculture Trades Show. Steve Getz, New England East Region Pool Manager for Organic Valley, and Dean Churchill,…  Read more

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Cooperatives, Dairy, Educational Opportunities, Rural Development, Uncategorized, USDA

“Access to Adequate Nutrition” Added to Nonprofit Hospitals’ Community Benefit Possibilities in ACA Final Ruling

GUEST BLOG POST by Marydale DeBor On December 31, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued the long-awaited final ruling implementing Section 501 (r) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). This new section of the Internal Revenue Code increases the legal obligations of nonprofit hospitals to address community health needs as…  Read more

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Healthcare, Nutrition

Member Profile: Franklin County Community Development Center

A 34-foot-tall white tank towers outside the food processing center at the Franklin County Community Development Center (FCCDC) in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Inside the tank are 11,000 gallons of liquid nitrogen, ready to freeze vegetables brought in by farmers throughout the fertile Pioneer Valley. On a recent fall day, inside the 4,000-square-foot food hub, a stainless…  Read more

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farm-to-school, Food Hubs, NEFU Members, Regional Food Systems

Lots to Learn at the Maine Agriculture Trades Show

New England Farmers Union (NEFU) will host a session on farmer co-operatives at the Maine Agriculture Trades Show on January 13 at 2 pm. If you’re planning to be at this event and are curious about how a co-operative may help your farm business, stop in and join this workshop.   Why co-operatives? Did you…  Read more

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Census of Agriculture, Cooperatives, Educational Opportunities, NEFU Members, Product Marketing, Risk Management

Marketing Classes in Western New England

  For those farming or owning food-related businesses in western New England, upcoming classes from NEFU member Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) may be of interest. CISA is holding a seven-workshop series on Branding & Communication Strategies from January-March 2015. This series will provide farmers and business owners with effective communication strategies and one-on-one support to implement…  Read more

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Educational Opportunities, Farmers Markets, Product Marketing
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