New England Farmers Union (NEFU) held fourth annual convention

Roger Noonan at NEFU Annual Convention

NEFU President, Roger Noonan

The New England Farmers Union (NEFU) hosted its fourth annual convention “Celebrating our Agricultural Diversity: People, Practices & Products” in historic Newport, RI. Nearly 100 NEFU members participated in this one-day convention in December 2013.

New Hampshire organic farmer and NEFU President, Roger Noonan opened the day with an overview of 2013 accomplishments based around NEFU’s founding principles of legislation, co-operation and education. In 2013, NEFU members and leaders helped the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) understand potential impacts of their proposed food safety regulations on family farmers. Lobbying efforts continued on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) efforts and the Farm Bill. [Read more here]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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