The Franklin County Pumpkinfest in Turners Falls has grown over the last 10 years to become a signature event leading up to Halloween, for those in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. Roughly 10,000 residents turn up on Avenue A to see the lit-up jack-o-lanterns and the costumes. New England Farmers Union is proud to have … Read More
Applications for National Farmers Union’s Beginning Farmer Institute are now available. This program aims to develop and encourage agricultural leaders from all backgrounds. The new nationally focused program provides an opportunity for beginning farmers to acquire leadership and farm management skills. It concentrates on building confidence in beginning farmers and farm couples, and additionally encourages them to … Read More
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is seeking public comment on the state Pollinator Protection Plan, currently in draft form (click here to see the plan). New England Farmers Union members with an interest in contributing comments, please email Kim.Skyrm@state.ma.us with the subject line “Pollinator Plan Comments.” The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2016.
National Farmers Union (NFU) Senior Vice President of Programs Chandler Goule has been named the 2015 Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Distinguished Alumni Leader by the Holstein Foundation. New England Farmers Union congratulates Goule on this accomplishment and is grateful for his service on behalf of the dairy farmers of this region. The Young Dairy … Read More
At New England Farmers Union’s annual convention December 13, members voted in new board member Arthur Carroll of Limerick, ME. Carroll is the founder of Arthur Carroll Crop Insurance Agency. We spoke to Carroll about his work and what he sees as the future of risk management. As weather patterns become more erratic and farmers’ margins grow … Read More