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Federal Farm Bill Could Harm New Englanders
by Sara Dewey

Our elected officials in Washington, D.C., are currently making big decisions about the future of farm and food policy in our country – and it matters for all of us. We need you to speak up for the Farm Bill to ensure that it helps, rather than harms, New England’s farmers.

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A Vision of Farm Ownership
by Brian Fink

This blog is part of our occasional series on young farmers in Connecticut. Before starting Full Heart Farm in Ledyard, Connecticut, Allyson Angelini knew exactly what she wanted: to live on her own farm that could provide a community-supported agriculture program to nearby residents. Yet like so many young Connecticut farmers, realizing this vision proved…

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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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Calling All Rhode Island Attorneys: We Want You!
by Sumana Chintapalli

On the heels of a successful two years running in Massachusetts and Maine, CLF’s Legal Food Hub is coming to Rhode Island, and we are looking for attorneys and firms to join our network.  The Hub connects lower-income farmers and food businesses to much-needed pro bono, transactional legal assistance and is a great way for…

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Drought in New England: Expect the Unexpected
by Sumana Chintapalli

What does the climate have to do with the food system? A lot, it turns out. This relationship plays out in different ways, but lately we have been seeing an awful lot of one particular aspect. From the production side to the business side of agriculture, drought and heat are a dangerous combination. Drought conditions…

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If Done Right, New Agriculture Standards Could Improve Vermont’s Water Quality
by Rebekah Weber

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is revising Vermont’s agricultural standards. The new Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) represent an important opportunity to transition to a sustainable agricultural system that improves water quality. Fostering environmentally sensitive practices is important because many lakes and rivers across the state are polluted, in part, due to agricultural…

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Brazil, Iceland, Outer Space, and . . . Portland, Maine
by Ben Tettlebaum

Last month, Business Insider listed its top 14 recommendations for must-see places in 2014. In addition to places like Brazil, Iceland, Tokyo, and even the bonus destination of outer space, falls Portland, Maine. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. As the magazine notes, Portland loves quality food and has been attracting talented chefs for years. The city…

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FDA Grants New England Farmers’ Holiday Wish
by Ben Tettlebaum

You spoke; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration listened. The FDA announced today that it will redraft significant portions of its recently proposed Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls Rule. This is big news! As drafted, the rules could have forced thousands of small farms across New England out of business…

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FDA Extends Deadline To Comment on Food Safety Rules
by Ben Tettlebaum

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended the deadline to comment on its two proposed food safety rules until this Friday, November 22.  Many people reported trouble accessing the federal comments website, regulations.gov, last week.  FDA has been flooded with so many comments about its proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules that it…