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Avian Influenza Alert: Backyard Bird Biosecurity and Illness Reporting

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has been working with its sister agencies and federal partners on establishing an emergency response plan for the introduction of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Since mid-December 2014, there have been several ongoing HPAI incidents along the Pacific, Central and Mississippi Flyways. Due to the mixing of birds …

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A Bad Winter Has Large Impact on Massachusetts Agriculture

(EASTON) – After a particularly cruel winter, with snowfall totaling over 100 inches in many regions of Massachusetts, local farmers and growers are digging out, assessing the damaging and asking for help. After a spate of barn and greenhouse collapses, both in Southeastern Massachusetts and across the Commonwealth, local organizations supporting agriculture are reaching out …

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Important Food Manufacturing Law to go into Effect March 1, 2015

Below is a copy of the regulation that will go into effect on March 1, 2015. This new regulation, “Big Reg,” encompasses many of the regulations that were the responsibility of the Massachusetts Food Protection Program within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. At the very end of the new “Big Reg” is a list …

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State Agriculture Chief Charts Course for Sustainability at Fall River Seminar

Herald News Event: SE MA Council on Sustainability Seminar 3/7/13 FALL RIVER — Gregory Watson had just been appointed the state’s commissioner of the Department of Agricultural Resources when he attended a conference of his peers from around the country. He was seated next to the head of agriculture for South Carolina, who smiled when …

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