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USDA Grant Funds Organic Farming Food-Safety Study
Organic farmers who use animal-based manure to improve soil quality and nourish crops are receiving help through a nearly $2 million grant for a food-safety research project being led by the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and involving a multi-state network of collaborators, including University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Organic Research and Extension Initiative grant ($1,999,848) will support studies needed to develop national guidelines and best practices for using raw manure to improve soil health while minimizing food-safety risks in organic crops.

Grassroots Members Help To Shape Farm Bureau’s Policy Priorities For 2017, Beyond
The 11 county Farm Bureaus that make up the grassroots membership of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) are in the process of holding their annual meetings, during which the counties’ farmer members adopt resolutions that set MFBF’s policy priorities for the future. These resolutions can also have national influence. If a resolution is adopted at a county Farm Bureau annual meeting, the resolution is then reviewed by MFBF’s resolution committee, which will prepare and forward the resolution onto the statewide delegation. The resolution is then discussed and voted upon by delegates at MFBF’s annual meeting, which this year is set to be held on Dec. 1 and 2 at the Marriott in Peabody.