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February 2018

“The APR Program – Looking Forward” MDAR Listening Session – Middleborough

February 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Middleborough Public Library, 102 North Main St., Middleborough Wednesday, Feb. 28, 5:30 to 7 PM   As the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program celebrates its 40th year, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is hosting a series of four (4) listening sessions to hear from the public about their ideas for protecting farmland for the future in Massachusetts.  Titled “The APR Program- Looking Forward”,  these sessions are intended to be opportunities for you to recommend ideas and policy considerations for…

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March 2018

MA Food Policy Council Meeting

March 23, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Westborough, MA

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Ag Day at the Massachusetts State House

March 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133
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Farmers! Legislators! Organizations! Local Food Purveyors! From buy-local campaigns and Farmer’s Markets to CSA’s and farmland preservation as pieces and parts of what constitutes a healthy agricultural sector, Ag day marks a celebration of everything related to agriculture in the Commonwealth.  The beauty of this event is the friendly atmosphere that pervades throughout the day. Legislators, who help create a fruitful environment for farmers and eaters alike through legislation, mingle with farmers, food system collaborators,  MDAR and Extension staff, dairy owners,…

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“Hungry for Health” 2018 Southcoast Food Security Forum

March 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
UMass Dartmouth,

  View the Food Security Forum agenda here. Second Annual Food Security Forum - Hungry for Health University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Claire T. Carney Library, Grand Reading Room Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Featuring Local Health, Nutrition, and Food Security Experts: Introduction by Caite O’Brien, Community Investor, Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Nutrition: The Key to Healthy Aging, Christine Sullivan, 4C Collaborative and Coastline Elderly Services. An experts panel on better nutrition and better health; • Shirley…

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April 2018

Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) Suspension: Streamlining Communication Regional Meeting

April 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
UMass Dartmouth Law School, 333 Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747 United States
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Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) Suspension: Streamlining Communication Regional Meetings RSVP Here.   Held at Umass Dartmouth School of Law,  Room 117 333 Faunce Corner Rd. Dartmouth, MA 02747   Tentative Agenda: o Welcome and Introductions o Tools/Resources to communicate the HIP suspension effectively o Best practices you or your agency have developed to assist you during the HIP suspension o Material Swap o Please submit any materials ahead of time to DTA.HIP@state.ma.us using “Regional Meetings Material Swap” in the subject…

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July 2018

MA Food Policy Council Meeting

July 19, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd.
Westbourough, MA 01581 United States
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  Date: July 19, 2018, 9:30 – 12:30 (Thursday) MA Food Policy Council Meeting, Location: Richard Cronin Building of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Room 108, Westborough   Draft Agenda: Call to Order Acceptance of Minutes Officers Reports Old Business:   HIP Update,  Department of Transitional Assistance Program:  Deep dive into food waste II - What actions can FPC members support? Food waste is one of the six MA FPC priorities from the MA Local Food Action Plan identified…

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September 2018

MA Food Policy Council Meeting

September 21, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd.
Westbourough, MA 01581 United States
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September 21, 2018, MA Food Policy Council Meeting, 9:30 – 12:30, Richard Cronin Building of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Room 110, Westborough View more information at the link below.

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November 2018

MA Food Policy Council Meeting

November 1, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133
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November 1, 2018, MA Food Policy Council Meeting, 9:30am-12:30pm, Room 428, Boston State House, Boston MA  02133 View more information at the link below.

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December 2018

Massachusetts Food System Forum

December 12, 2018
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster, 99 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA 01453 United States
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The Collaborative will host the second annual MA Food System Forum on Wednesday, December 12, at the Doubletree Hilton in Leominster. Come to hear presentations from food system organizations working toward the goals of the Plan, learn about the progress made by campaigns during the recent legislative session, and help build on successes as we all continue to work together toward a sustainable and equitable food system. Featured speakers will include Representative Steve Kulik, who is retiring at the end…

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January 2019

SEMAP Beginning Farmer Focus Group

January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildlands Trust, 675 Long Pond Rd.
Plymouth, MA 02360 United States
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SEMAP is calling all beginning farmers! If you are an aspiring farm operator, or you have taken ownership of a farm or stepped into a principal farm manager role between 2006 and 2018, please join us at our Beginning Farmer Focus Group. SEMAP is looking for feedback on how we can continue to support and help you. For 20 years, farmers have turned to SEMAP for support in sustaining their business and mission, seeking answers to their questions, and providing information…

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Rhode Island Food System Summit 2019

January 18 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
URI Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Kingston, RI United States + Google Map
Free

The University of Rhode Island will once again host the third annual Rhode Island Food System Summit. Join government, business, and community partners as we discuss the implementation of the Rhode Island Food Strategy and how we can support the food sector and our state into the future. Learn more here.

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February 2019

Hemp Full-Day Workshop

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
UMass CVPA Star Store Campus, 715 Purchase St
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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    Interested in growing hemp but not sure where to start? This information-dense full-day intensive workshop on hemp production will feature several speakers with experience in growing hemp, processing the plant for fiber and oil production, and the application requirements you'll need to meet in order to grow hemp in Massachusetts.  With a new Massachusetts policy authorizing the commercial production of agricultural hemp in the state, local farmers have a great opportunity to take advantage of this new business opportunity.…

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SEMAP’s 12th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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Learn more and view all the details about the conference here. Farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, advocates, foodies, and anyone interested in local agriculture: join us for our 12th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference! We will be having 20+ workshops, a resource fair, keynote address, and an always tasty locally-sourced lunch. Hosted at Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton, MA. Register for tickets here! SEMAP Members, Beginning Farmers, Students, and children are all eligible for reduced priced tickets.  

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March 2019

Agriculture Day at the Massachusetts State House

March 27
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133
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On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, agriculture will take center stage at the State House in Boston for this annual event. Massachusetts Agriculture Day is the one day a year where farmers come together to focus legislative attention on our industry. Join SEMAP & other agricultural groups to talk to legislators and their staff about the agricultural issues that matter most to you.

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April 2019

MAAC Ag Com Boot Camp: Pesticides 101

April 24 @ 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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