FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — On Dec. 5 and 6, more than 200 Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members and guests will flock to Framingham, Massachusetts, to attend the organization’s 104th Annual Meeting. Over the course of two days, attendees will participate in workshops, learning sessions and establish policy for the upcoming year.
Topics of discussion at this year’s meeting will including grant opportunities for farmers; regulations on hemp and labor; and small-scale egg production. Additionally, a meet the candidates forum will be held, during which potential leadership candidates for the organization will discuss their platforms and answer attendees’ questions.
“Our two-day meeting is made possible through generous hosting of Cape and Islands and Hampden County Farm Bureaus,” said MFBF President Mark Amato. “This is in addition to sponsorship from companies such as John Deere, Farm Credit East and American National Insurance Company. We can’t thank these group enough for their continued support of our organization.”
As part of the annual event, fundraisers for the Massachusetts FFA and MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) committee are scheduled to be held. FFA will hold a silent auction and the YF&R committee will host a BINGO night. All proceed will be donated back to these groups.
The meeting will conclude on Friday with the business meeting of MFBF delegates and Board of Directors. During this meeting delegates will set policy priorities for the organization in 2020 and vote on Board of Director positions.
“Our grassroots policy development process is a key component of our organization,” Amato said. “When we speak to legislators, they recognize that our policy is set by our members and these solutions are what a constituent wants to see happen. Personally, I’m looking forward to solid discussion during the policy development process and hope to see many of our members this week at the annual meeting.”
Following the statewide meeting, if a resolution has national applicability, MFBF’s leadership will bring the resolution to American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting for consideration.
Additional information about the MFBF’s annual meeting agenda, location and more is available here. Those not attending in person can follow the digital conversation on MFBF’s Facebook and/or Twitter.
–Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation
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