April 2013 State Grange News

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This month’s edition of the Massachusetts State Grange News is online! Found out all the exciting events going on in Granges across the state! Click the picture to read it!

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View from the Hill Blog from the National Grange Legislative Director on the “Monsanto Protection Act”

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Grace Boatwright, the National Grange Legislative Director, writes:

“In the past few weeks, I’ve received a few calls here at the office regarding what many are calling the “Monsanto Protection Act.” There seems to be some confusion about what it is and what it does, so I’m going to try and clear things up.

To begin, its formal name is not the “Monsanto Protection Act.” That’s the name that critics have assigned to Section 735 of the continuing resolution signed by President Obama in March. As a provision of the continuing resolution, Section 735 grants the USDA the authority to TEMPORARILY grant permits or deregulation of a crop whose use is being debated in court. That sounds bad but is really nothing new. In fact, this has been the USDA’s practice for quite sometime, but now it’s on paper and “official.””

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National Grange President’s Welcome to Grange Month

Ed Luttrell_PROFILE“For the past 146 years the Grange has been helping citizens in thousands of communities strengthen their hometowns. We believe in American Values and the power of people coming together. We believe that each of us can reach their full potential and lead rich and rewarding lives. We also believe that our organization gives our members the power to affect great change to improve our communities, our states, and our nation.”

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The National Grange Admonishes Congress for Failure to Provide Effective Postal Reform

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In recent months, the National Grange – America’s oldest advocacy organization for rural America and agriculture – has encouraged Congress to relieve the USPS of their requirement to prepay future retiree health benefits, a mandate that costs the USPS $5 billion annually, as well as liberate the USPS to a private entity, free of congressional control.

“For several years now, our legislators in Washington have watched the Postal Service spiral into financial ruin and done little to stop this inevitable downfall. This comes as no shock to the American people who are growing increasingly frustrated with Congress’ lack of action towards anything,” National Grange President Ed Luttrell said Wednesday. “The Grange has strongly urged USPS to continue six-day-a-week mail service so rural Americans – who often don’t have access to high-speed internet used by those in urban and suburban areas to conduct professional and personal business –wouldn’t suffer.”

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The National Grange Supports the Protection of Country of Origin Labels on Food

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On Thursday the National Grange sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture along with 228 partner groups in an effort to protect the integrity of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for meat products. The Grange was one of many farm, rural, faith, consumer and environmental organizations from 45 states that contributed in the delivery of this important message.

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April is Grange Month!

Grange Month 2013Bedford Grange joins with our friends and fellow Grangers all over the country in celebrating Grange in the Month of April.

The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry is celebrating 145 years of service to America.

As we celebrate our history, we are positive and enthused about our future and we open our doors to our community with pride.

We will be posting tidbits and quotes from Grange websites all over the country each day in April. See our Facebook page for these great quotes about the Grange!

Don’t forget to come and check out Bedford Grange on Monday, April 22nd at 8:00pm! We are planning to put on the Obligation Ceremony for new members – come and join this amazing organization!

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Bedford Grange Wishes all a Happy Easter

IMG_1849“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” ~Martin Luther

The members of Bedford Grange wish you and yours a Happy Easter and a most blessed spring.

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National Grange Vice President Jimmy Gentry meets with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Jimmy GentryJimmy Gentry, Vice President of the National Grange and President of the North Carolina State Grange, along with other leaders in agriculture, attended a roundtable meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on March 26 to discuss immigration reform, particularly as related to the need for an affordable guest worker program for agriculture.

Click on the picture to read more at the National Grange Website.

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The Bedford Minuteman’s Article about Bedford Grange is Online!

bedford minutemanClick on the picture to check out the article about Bedford Grange that was printed in the Bedford Minuteman! We are so excited to be mentioned in the local paper. Thanks to former editor Eileen Kennedy for all her work getting us into the paper even though she was in the process of getting promoted.

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Come and See – Great Things in Store at Bedford Grange

A possible youth member fills out her information card while others get ready for the next round of whist.

A possible youth member fills out her information card while others get ready for the next round of whist.

What a great evening at our Open House and Whist Party! We got one application and dues payment and the possibility of 4 more new members. Click on the picture to go to the gallery of photos from the evening.

Join us on Monday, April 22nd at 8:00 pm at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Bedford for our next meeting. We will perform the Obligation Ceremony and welcome new members!

Come and see what our amazing organization can offer you and your family!

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