Policy and Advocacy Newsletter2021-11-19T09:33:30-05:00

Policy and Advocacy Newsletter

Welcome to the NOFA/Mass newsletter series

Each week we publish original articles on the topics we care about most.

Read about the latest policy issues affecting Massachusetts farmers and consumers in our “Policy and Advocacy” newsletter, get insider farming and gardening tips from expert growers in our “Be a Better Grower” newsletter, learn to do it yourself, from food preservation to building fences, in our “Practical Self-Sufficiency” newsletter and see how our community is working to improve the food system in our “Food Justice” newsletter.

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Vote Climate, Vote Justice

November 3rd, 2022|Categories: Action Alert, Newsletters|Tags: , , |

By Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director The following is an excerpt from our 2022 NOFA/Mass Climate Action Challenge educational content which is especially relevant as we approach election and voting day next week. To read [...]

The Future of Solar in Massachusetts

October 7th, 2022|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

Policy Update October 2022 Farmers (and everyone): please weigh in on the future of solar in Massachusetts, letter to the next Governor Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director Hopefully everyone reading this is aware that we [...]

3 weeks left to prioritize living landscapes and food justice: Call your Legislators!

July 7th, 2022|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

By Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director Watch a personal video message from Policy Director Marty Dagoberto regarding this month's policy newsletter article. Dear NOFA/Mass friends, It’s been quite a summer/year/decade so [...]

Promoting Racial Equity in Agriculture Through Policy

June 1st, 2022|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

By Nichole Catsos From the land theft and genocide of Indigenous peoples, through the enslavement of Black people, to the current labor exploitation of migrant workers in the United States, our food system has [...]

February Policy Newsletter – Priority bills advance, Healthy Soils as Infrastructure, and more

February 9th, 2022|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , |

By Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director In this month’s NOFA/Mass Policy Newsletter… NOFA/Mass Priority Bills Advance from Committee! Several pieces of NOFA/Mass priority legislation were advanced in the Massachusetts Legislature ahead of the February [...]

Budget Season! Help Shape the Future of our Food System

April 6th, 2022|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

Briefing for food system advocates on April 11, 2022 The state legislature has been focused on the state’s operating budget (FY23) and the House Ways and Means Committee is expected to release its version [...]

Will our Commonwealth support protections against Chemical Trespass?

March 10th, 2022|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , |

By Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director Last month, we reported with excitement and gratitude that the state’s legislative committee on the Environment and Agriculture approved several pesticide reform measures. We’d like to focus this [...]

The Farmer’s Voice in the Climate Crisis

January 5th, 2022|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , , |

How Climate Challenges Expose the Need for Regenerative Agricultural Practices By Kathleen Ernsting, Farmer and NOFA/Mass Journalism Intern It goes without saying that agriculture in the Northeast is being affected by climate change, and Massachusetts [...]

Victory for Pollinators! Retail stores to stop selling neonic pesticides in Massachusetts

March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , |

By Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director On  March 1st 2021 the Mass. Pesticide Board Subcommittee passed a motion to protect pollinators by restricting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides (“neonics”). The new regulations, which go [...]

Be Heard on Pesticides Reform

June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Mass Pollinators, Newsletters|Tags: , , , |

PUBLIC HEARING ON PESTICIDES ANNOUNCED!  December 14, 2021 at 1PM - ONLINE The State legislature is considering several bills which would move our Commonwealth away from reliance on toxic biocides (life-killing chemicals) and toward [...]

Statewide outpouring of support to save Herter Community Garden

November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

A banner on the fence surrounding the garden, lush vegetation overflowing. (Photo by Marty Dagoberto, Oct. 21, 2021) By Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director On October 18th we received a dire call [...]

New funding for Healthy Soils and Glyphosate Study; Bayer to end consumer sales

August 5th, 2021|Categories: Mass Pollinators, Newsletters|Tags: , , |

This is a good news bulletin! The FY22 state budget approved by the Massachusetts legislature on July 8, 2021 included two amendments we had been advocating for: funding for the Mass. Healthy Soils Program [...]

The Massachusetts Pollinator Network Takes Flight

July 1st, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , |

By Rosemary Malfi, Massachusetts Pollinator Network Coordinator After many months of preparation, fundraising, and community building, NOFA/Mass has officially launched the Massachusetts Pollinator Network (MAPN) as part of our Policy Department. MAPN is a statewide initiative to connect and support the growing number of [...]

Call legislators to cosponsor NOFA/Mass priorities

April 7th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

By Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director Now is the time: we need all NOFA/Mass members and supporters to contact their state legislators to ask them to cosponsor our legislative priorities for the 2021-22 legislative [...]

New Bill to Address Eagle Poisoning… (Keep) Calling Legislators

May 4th, 2021|Categories: Action Alert, Newsletters|Tags: , , |

By Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director Our April Policy Newsletter is still in effect - please keep calling for legislators to ask them to cosponsor our priority bills.  We were successful in securing the [...]

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