Northeast state legislatures and departments of labor have had a busy year with the issuance of new labor rules. While a complete discussion of all the relevant rules and regulations ag employers need to know is beyond the scope of this issue, our first Knowledge Exchange Partner article covers a few relatively new rules Northeast employers should be aware of. Our second article covers the U.S. Department of Commerce’s draft agreement with Mexico tomato growers to suspend Mexico’s ongoing anti-dumping investigation of fresh tomatoes.
Farm Credit East’s Board of Directors recently approved the distribution of a mid-year patronage dividend of $25 million to more than 11,400 farm, fishing and forestry business owners and operators across Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.
After serving as Chief Executive Officer for 25 years, Farm Credit East CEO Bill Lipinski recently announced his retirement from this position at the end of this year. At its planning session held earlier this week, the organization’s Board of Directors named Michael Reynolds, Chief Business Officer, to become the financial cooperative’s CEO, effective January 1, 2020.
Farm Credit East has awarded four scholarships to students involved in the National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America) as part of a new scholarship the financial cooperative began offering last fall.