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NEFU’s 2014 Convention a Big Success

As more than 100 members gathered in Portland on December 11-13 for New England Farmers Union’s fifth annual convention, Navigating Change in New England Agriculture, it became clear that, while NEFU represents a remarkable diversity of producers, most challenges farmers face are universal. During a welcome dinner, Chelsea Kruse, a first-generation dairywoman from New Hampshire who now…  Read more

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FDA Hears from Farmers on FSMA in Vermont

About 50 people attended a listening session on the supplemental proposed rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) at the Vermont Law School on November 17. FSMA is the first major overhaul of our nation’s food safety practices since 1938, and it includes new regulations for vegetable and fruit farms, and for facilities that…  Read more

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NSAC Offers New Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm Programs

New England Farmers Union (NEFU) is a member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. This week, NSAC released a Grassroots Guide to federal farm and food programs, programs that NEFU advocates…  Read more

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Vermont & NEASDA to Host Listening Session on FSMA

Regional Farmers and Food Processors Invited to Attend The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, in conjunction with the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NEASDA), will host an open Listening Session on November 17, 2014, to offer farmers and food processors an opportunity to provide comment on new supplemental rules proposed by…  Read more

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Food Safety Regs May Be Closer to the Mark

The second time may be a charm for farmers across the region. FDA in late September rereleased supplemental rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and while New England Farmers Union is still analyzing them, the proposed rules seem to be more closely aligned with NEFU priorities, reflecting advocacy by our members and allies….  Read more

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