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Farm Bill Opportunities for Producers: Act Now

We all worked hard to ensure that the 2014 Farm Bill included programs important to New England producers. Several programs are still open — check them out! National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) – $13 million from the 2014 Farm Bill is now available for NOCCSP! To receive cost share assistance, organic producers and…  Read more

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Farm Bill 2013, Funding Opportunities

Maine Agriculture is Up!

Recently, Gary Keough of NASS (The National Agricultural Statistics Service) posted a blog about Maine agriculture. He said, “When examining the status of Maine’s agriculture using statistics derived from the 2012 Census of Agriculture, the words ‘up’ and ‘increase’ appear quite often.” Comparing the 2012 to the 2007 Census shows some significant growth for Maine….  Read more

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Alternative Energy, Diversified Farms, Organic Producers, Specialty Crops, Women Producers

MA Agriculture Defies National Trends

The 2012 Census of Agriculture has been out for a while, and the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has been running the numbers. Gary Keough, who is NASS’ New England Field Office Statistician, recently reported on the many ways that Massachusetts agriculture defies national trends. What the census “reveals” about Massachusetts agriculture comes as no…  Read more

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Beginning Farmers, Farm Demographics, Women Producers

Family Farming and Rural America

By Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union President In the United States, farmers are getting older, farms are getting bigger, and the number of farms is decreasing. According the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), between 2007 and 2012 the United States saw a net decrease of 95,489 farms. The most recent census showed that the average…  Read more

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National Farmers Union, Rural Development

Education Opportunities to Develop Agriculture Leaders

The United Nations has declared 2014 International Year of Family Farming and National Farmers Union is celebrating! This month, National Farmers Union (NFU) is highlighting the link between family farming and developing the next generation of agriculture leaders. One of Farmers Union’s founding principles is education, and it is through our education programs that we…  Read more

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Educational Opportunities, International Year of Family Farming
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