NEFU 2013 Report: Celebrating our Agricultural Diversity

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NEFU 2013 Annual Report at 2013 Convention. Celebrating our Agricultural Diversity, by Roger Noonan, NEFU's president.

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NEFU 2013 Report: Celebrating our Agricultural Diversity

  1. 1. 2013 New England Farmers Union Annual Convention Celebrating our Agricultural Diversity: People, Products and Practices
  2. 2. Our founding principles • Legislation • Cooperation • Education Education
  3. 3. Legislation • Farm Bill • Food Safety Modernization Act • 2013 Legislative Fly-In
  4. 4. Golden Triangle Awards • Sen. Angus King (I-ME) • Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) • Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH)
  5. 5. Presentation on Local Meat and Poultry • House and Senate presentation by New England livestock producers and meat processors.
  6. 6. COOL • COOL Defense Fund • Relevance for fishermen
  7. 7. Co-operation • • • • • Gambrel District land-based co-op Jane’s Trust work with Neighboring Food Co-op Association VAPG with Deep Root Identifying state co-operative statutes Co-operative survey, database of co-operative service providers
  8. 8. Education • Farm show presentations • Educating our legislators on farmers’ priorities • NFU tour of New England
  9. 9. NEFU Education Foundation • • • • • • • • • • • Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Farm Aid Henry P. Kendall Foundation Island Foundation Lawson Valentine Foundation Jane’s Trust John Merck Fund National Farmers Union Sandy River Charitable USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service/Rural Development Vervane Foundation
  10. 10. Communications • New blog • Monthly newsletter • Social media
  11. 11. Membership • • • • • Individuals Farmer/fishermen Business/organization Affiliates New benefits for 2014
  12. 12. Partners • • • • • • Neighboring Food Co-op Association OwnEnergy Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society New Entry Sustainable Agriculture Project Winrock International National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  13. 13. Feeding America • One in six people are food insecure in New England. • Matching donations up to $1,000, thanks to NFU’s VP Claudia Svarstad. • Even small contributions add up! • Your contribution goes to a New England food bank. See NEFU’s website for how to donate.
  14. 14. Thank You to our Members! • Our members are the reason we exist. Thank you for your support. • We’re looking forward to a busy and productive 2014, the International Year of Family Farming.
  15. 15. Thank You to our Sponsors!

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