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Bee Protection on the Table in Massachusetts
by Annie Lemelin

The dramatic decline in pollinator populations linked to the overuse of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids is putting our food supply at risk. Massachusetts must take action to restrict neonics and protect pollinators. Two bills under consideration by the legislature present good options for managing these challenges.

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Exit 4 Farmland Saved From Development, Sold Back to Farmers

“Today’s agreement is a massive victory for all Vermonters who take pride in our state’s rich farming heritage,” said CLF senior attorney Sandra Levine. “When you pull off this scenic highway exit, you should be greeted by sprawling fields and colorful produce, not bulldozers and industrial parks. Thanks to the hard work of all parties involved, this valuable farmland will be back where it belongs – in the hands of local farmers supported by, and providing for, our communities.”

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Paving Vermont Farmland: Stopped!
by Sandy Levine

Strong Advocacy Leads to Conservation Stopping sprawl in its tracks and keeping valuable farmland available for farmers to use has taken a huge leap forward. In 2016, following a year-long legal case led by CLF, a developer withdrew plans to build a massive, sprawling complex, including shopping, a hotel, a conference center, offices, and housing in…

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Helping Rhode Island’s Local Food Movement Grow
by Sumana Chintapalli

CLF works throughout New England to help local food entrepreneurs and farmers not just survive, but thrive. Here in Rhode Island, the local food movement is burgeoning – our rate of new farmers is growing faster than in other New England states. But even as the number of new farmers grows, many experienced farmers are looking…

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Sonny Perdue: What Will You Do for New England’s Farmers?
by Sumana Chintapalli

Last week we learned that former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Perdue, educated as a veterinarian and the son of a farmer, spent much of his career in business, including running a garden supplies company, shipping operation, and a fertilizer and grain company. In announcing the nomination,…

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Maine Legal Food Hub Revs Up for Second Year
by Phelps Turner

The Maine Legal Food Hub, which provides pro bono legal assistance and training for farmers and food businesses, celebrates its second anniversary in 2017, kicking off the year with a presence, for the second year in a row, at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show January 10-12 in Augusta. On January 11 and 12, the CLF…

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The Legal Food Hub
by Laurie O'Reilly

Local Food, Local Farms, and Lawyers Lending a Hand Noah Fralich moved back home to Maine with one ambition: to open a business on his family’s land in New Gloucester. His fledgling Norumbega Cidery was just getting off the ground when he hit a snag – the name of his business was already trademarked by…

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Rhode Island Legal Food Hub Has Officially Launched!
by Sumana Chintapalli

November 15 marked the official opening of the Rhode Island Legal Food Hub, and the day was celebrated with a breakfast launch event at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. We had a fantastic lineup of speakers from across the Rhode Island local food movement, who highlighted the importance of food systems work here and the need for…

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Massachusetts Legal Food Hub Round-Up: 100 Farmers and Food Businesses Helped!
by Annie Lemelin

The Legal Food Hub just reached another milestone: its 100th case in Massachusetts. The Legal Food Hub helps small farmers and food entrepreneurs by matching them with free legal help provided by volunteer attorneys. It’s the first service of its kind in the nation and is currently available to farmers and food businesses in Massachusetts,…