Welcome to SEMAP
Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership
A community partnership working to support our region's farms
SEMAP and the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation hosted a listening session on proposed regulations for the Food Safety Modernization Act. SEMAP encourages our region’s farmers, processors, and informed consumers to learn more about these issues surrounding the new proposals for the Produce Rule and the Preventive Controls Rule. A full recording of the session can be listened to with the link below:
If you were unable to attend the listening session, below are some links to important background information on FSMA.
According to a recent study by the National Young Farmers’ Coalition, there are serious barriers for young people starting a farming career. The top obstacles include access to capital, access to land and health insurance.
However, despite these problems, there are still young farmers making a go of it. And they’re doing it in refreshingly creative ways – from adding new twists to the family farm and uncovering lucrative niches to sell their products to taking their farm story to television.
We put calls out to Northeast cooperative extensions, farming organizations and state agricultural commissions to find the next “rising stars in agriculture” and were flooded with responses. We whittled the list down to the top five rising stars, based on their enthusiasm, innovation and sheer determination to make it in farming.