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On August 8th, NOFA/Mass will host Real Pickles founder Dan Rosenberg at the beautiful Brookfield Farm in Amherst for a fun evening reception to sustain NOFA/Mass' policy work - a great way to kick off your NOFA Summer Conference experience!

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

There will be 2 public hearings in June at which will be considered bills related to the future of food and farming in Massachusetts. NOFA/Mass has identified 8 of these bills as priorities and urges all members who are concerned about any of these issues to attend and testify or to send testimony.

A hearing will be held on Monday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m. in Spencer, MA on a bill that would allow farmers to deliver raw milk to customers. Learn about why this matters to small dairies, and how you can help.  Read More

Surviving the legal jungle: I will review legal rights and obligations for zoning exemption for farms and farm stands, agricultural exemption from Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act & Regulations, agricultural land tax classification program, agricultural preservation restrictions & nuisance law.

The NOFA Interstate Council is in the process of building its regional and national policy capacity from the grassroots up. Come one and all for updates on biotech crops, food safety legislation, etc., and contribute your input for issues NOFA needs to address in the coming months.

Readers who have been NOFA members for a few years
now certainly remember the fight we got into over NAIS
– the National Animal Identification System. NAIS was
dreamed up by a consortium of big animal ag companies
and various companies making animal identification devices
in association with the USDA.
 
Created as a response to outbreaks of mad cow and other
indications that US feedlots and CAFOs were filthy and
producing sick and diseased animals, the idea was that the
Yes on 37
Having generated enough skepticism about the impact of GMO labeling in California -- spending their $46 million corporate slush fund on deceptive TV ads -- to roll back what at first looked like overwhelming voter support for Proposition 37, the biotech industry is moving quickly to solidify their dominant position.
 
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