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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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NEFU’s Roger Noonan to Speak on Food Safety Webinar

This spring, American Farmland Trust, Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group released New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System, a report that identifies policies that are helping New England grow its capacity to feed itself, policies that hinder this growth, gaps in the existing policy framework, and opportunities for new…  Read more

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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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