What is the Farm Bill?

Any idea what I am talking about? Check under the cut to find out the who, what, where, when, and why of the Farm Bill.

Courtesy of FarmBillFacts.org

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Local farms look to diversify while battling set backs

AMHERST- As the early morning fog slowly lifts above the open fields along Stockbridge Road in Amherst, just miles away, Joe Boisvert is busy adding wood to the fire blazing inside of the evaporating machine as he and his family prepare to open the North Hadley Sugar Shack to its vistors. Once primarily just a maple syrup producer, the Sugar Shack has expanded its production to a wide variety of maple sugar candies, a mail order business and produce, which they sell to customers far beyond the Pioneer valley.

Not far from the Sugar Shack, Bill Gillen’s Sunset Farms, near the Southwest Residential Area, allows its visitors to pick their own produce and flowers, such as roses, kale, eggplants, cilantro and so much more.

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Western Mass food bank continues to support those in need

HATFIELD- As loading trucks travel around the warehouse, blinking their lights, sounding their buzzers and looking for the correctly labeled spot to drop the recent purchases, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts looks to keep their shelves stocked and ready to support local organizations helping those in need.

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Boisvert brothers continue to enjoy the sweet success of the maple syrup business

HADLEY- As steam billows out and over the top of the evaporating room at the North Hadley Sugar Shack, brothers Joe and John Boisvert begin the process of producing pure maple syrup for hungry customers in their adjacent breakfast restaurant as well as those looking to buy it all across the country.

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