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April 2019

MAAC Ag Com Boot Camp: Pesticides 101

April 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Norfolk County Agricultural High School, 400 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
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Free

Hosted by the Mass Association of Agricultural Commissions. Learn about MA Pesticide Regulations  Free Session is open to all members of the public, farmers, Ag Coms, municipal boards, and pesticide applicators. 2 Pesticides Credits Please register so that we have adequate seating available.    

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August 2019

Webinar: Addressing Young Farmer Challenges through State Policy Change

August 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Online MA United States
Free

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming presents: Addressing Young Farmer Challenges through State Policy Change. Wednesday, August 14th, 9am – 10:30am Join online via Zoom or in person! In person: Just Be Cause Center 1013 W State St. Ithaca, NY. Register here. Join us this month to hear from David Howard, the Northeast Campaigns Director with the National Young Farmers Coalition sharing about new New York State and National Policy’s that benefit farmers including loan forgiveness, new available grants and more!  As always, there…

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September 2019

Bristol Aggie Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting

September 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Keith Hall, 2nd Floor, West end of building, 84 Center St. Dighton, MA

All meetings are held in the Long Conference Room which is located on the second floor of Keith Hall, 84 Center Street in Dighton, MA. View the website below for agenda.

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Massachusetts Town Forest Conference

September 14, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sherborn, MA
Free

This unique annual event promises to engage and foster partnerships between the diverse professionals and volunteers that play a collaborative role in the management of community forests, including foresters, planners, arborists, conservation commission members, land trusts, non-profit organizations, forest landowners, and many more. Pre-registration required to receive FREE LUNCH. 

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November 2019

3rd Annual Massachusetts Food System Forum

November 22, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Worcester, MA

Attend the 3rd Annual MA Food System Forum to learn new skills, celebrate successes, and collaborate across disciplines to increase equity and sustainability in the MA food system. Morning Sessions The day will begin with an optional networking breakfast at 9:00am. After an overview of the MA Food System Collaborative’s work and selected food system topics, there will be the opportunity to attend breakout groups which will provide updates and brainstorm next steps around the Healthy Incentives Program, food waste,…

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December 2019

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

December 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Framingham, MA
$25 – $99

Join your neighbors and friends in celebrating the Massachusetts agricultural industry and the successes of the state’s largest general farm organization.

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January 2020

Massachusetts Healthy Soils Action Plan Listening Session

January 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States

The event has been moved from the Auditorium to the Cafeteria. Join us for a public workshop in support of the Massachusetts Healthy Soils Action Plan. We will ask community members and stakeholders from the southeastern region and beyond to explore the role of healthy soils across the spectrum of land uses, from specialized ecosystems to agriculture to built lands, and to assist us in developing recommendations for conserving and enhancing soils that preserve their most important functions. The exact…

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Looking Forward: Farmlands Forever

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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January 28th, 6-8pm,  at Bristol County Agricultural High School, Library Room 212, Gilbert Hall - 135 Center Street, Dighton Looking Forward: Farmlands Forever - Join MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux, Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) landowners, farmers, APR staff, Agricultural Lands Preservation Committee (ALPC), Board of Agriculture, state officials, land trusts, and individuals engaged in APR Program efforts to preserve Massachusetts farmlands. View the flyer below.  

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February 2020

Listening Sessions: Share your Perspective on Strategies to Preserve and Protect Massachusetts’ Farms and Farmland

February 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

American Farmland Trust is eager to assure that the voices of farmers and allies in the farmland conservation movement have their voices heard. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will be holding listening sessions for sharing perspectives on strategies to preserve and protect Massachusetts’ farms and farmland. They are looking for people who can share: experiences with farming or farmland challenges to preserving and protecting farmland ideas and suggestions to support farming and preserve farmland Your input will inform…

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New England Campus Farmer Summit 2020

February 22 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Martin Institute at Stonehill College, 320 Washington St.
Easton, MA United States
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$25 – $50

Campus farmers, students, and representatives from non-profits and agencies connect in person about what makes campus farms successful. This forum provides an opportunity for stakeholders working at the intersection of food justice, environmental sustainability, food access, and healthy eating to discuss challenges and opportunities. Partners from the nonprofit sector join us in conversation about what colleges and universities can do to forge deeper community alliances and strengthen our regional food system.

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MDAR Notice of Public Hearings Regarding Pay for Agricultural Workers

February 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Old Chapel, 144 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Boston — The Department of Labor Standards shall conduct two public hearings to determine the appropriateness of issuing regulatory guidance in the form of an opinion letter regarding the scope of “agricultural and farm work” within the context of the Massachusetts Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws and in light of the recent Supreme Judicial Court case of Arias-Villano vs. Chang Enterprises, Inc. et al 481 Mass 425 (2019) Notice is hereby given pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §2, that the…

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MDAR Notice of Public Hearings Regarding Pay for Agricultural Workers

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
MASS DEP Central Office, 8 New Bond Street
Worcester, MA 01606 United States
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Boston — The Department of Labor Standards shall conduct two public hearings to determine the appropriateness of issuing regulatory guidance in the form of an opinion letter regarding the scope of “agricultural and farm work” within the context of the Massachusetts Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws and in light of the recent Supreme Judicial Court case of Arias-Villano vs. Chang Enterprises, Inc. et al 481 Mass 425 (2019) Notice is hereby given pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §2, that the…

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March 2020

MA Food Trust Info Session: Southeastern MA Chapter

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Groundwork! New Bedford, 1213 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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Hosted by Southcoast Food Policy Council and 2 others Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM at Groundwork, 1213 Purchase St, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740 Please join the Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF), the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP), and the Marion Institute's Southcoast Food Policy Council (SFPC) for a presentation about the Massachusetts Food Trust Program, a $1 million loan, grant, and business assistance program for projects aimed at increasing access to healthy and affordable food.…

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CANCELED: Neonics Scientific Literature Review Public Hearing

March 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd.
Westbourough, MA 01581 United States
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Pesticide Board Subcommittee, acting through the Department of Agricultural Resources, under its authority pursuant to FY20GAA-2511-0100, M.G.L. c. 132B, Section 3A, and 333 CMR 8.03; and in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30A; will hold a public hearing on the findings of a scientific literature review that the Pesticide Board Subcommittee will use when determining whether current uses of neonicotinoid insecticides pose unreasonable adverse effects to the…

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CANCELED: Agriculture Day at the State House

March 25
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133

Massachusetts Agriculture Day at the State House, scheduled for March 25, has been canceled as a precautionary measure, due to the coronavirus.

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