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Notes from the Farm to Table International Symposium

By NEFU Member Tess Brown-Levoie of Sidewalk Ends Farm in Providence, RI I was pleased to represent the New England Farmers Union at the Farm to Table International Symposium in New Orleans during the first week of August. The attendees were a diverse group of chefs, agricultural researchers and educators, fishermen, policy experts, and some…  Read more

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Protecting the Sustainble Use of Spent Grains Gets NEFU Support

For centuries, breweries and farmers have established a productive relationship that’s good for the breweries, the farmers and the environment. “Spent grains” are a high-protein byproduct of the brewing process that breweries donate or sell to farmers for use as animal feed. But, in October 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a rule…  Read more

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New Packing and Cold Storage Loan Options Will Help Region’s Diversified Farms

New England’s small and mid-sized, diversified farms now have funding options for vegetable packing sheds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture under a recently announced the expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers. The changes will be important for those who need to upgrade facilities and equipment…  Read more

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FDA Says FSMA Changes Coming

Great news! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it will be making significant changes to two of its proposed rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act – the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventive Controls Rule. The New England Farmers Union (NEFU) and other grassroots policy organizations mounted a major campaign…  Read more

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NEFU Comments on FSMA; Comment Deadline Closes

The comment period for FSMA closed on November 22, 2013. In January, 2013, FDA issued two sets of proposed rules for implementing FSMA (The Food Safety Modernization Act), the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventive Controls Rule. The Produce Safety Rule seeks to reduce the food safety risks in raw produce and the Preventive Controls…  Read more

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