For Immediate Release - October 03, 2012

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES 33 GRANTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS AT MASSACHUSETTS FARMS

BOSTON – Wednesday, October 03, 2012 – Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced grants totaling $375,000 have been awarded to 33 projects that will help farmers mitigate or prevent negative impacts to natural resources from agricultural practices.

“We are delighted to be able to support our local farmers in their efforts to ensure a sustainable future for their farms,” said Secretary Sullivan. “I congratulate all of this year’s award recipients”

Awarded through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (DAR) Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP) grants went to farms in the towns of Ashfield, Becket, Carver, Cataumet, East Sandwich, East Taunton, Fairhaven, Halifax, Hardwick, Hawley, Lakeville, Leverett, Middleboro, Plympton, Rehoboth, Rochester, Shelburne, Sherborn, Stow, Westhampton, Westport, Winchendon and Worthington.

These grants will fund projects such as automated irrigations systems for cranberry operations, milkhouse wastewater treatment, compost facilities, fencing, and drip irrigation.

“This grant program not only helps farmers protect the state’s natural resources but also advances several of the strategies outlined in the recent Climate Change Adaptation report,” said DAR Commissioner Greg Watson. “The importance of implementing environmentally responsible land stewardship practices could not be any greater as we seek to adapt to changes in our climate and ensure that our local food supply remains viable.”

AEEP funds practices that improve water quality, promote water conservation, and improve air quality. Farmers selected to participate are reimbursed for the approved costs of materials up to $25,000.

AEEP is one of several programs within DAR’s Division of Agricultural Conservation and Technical Assistance (DACTA), whose mission is to advance the conservation and utilization of agricultural resources through preservation, environmental stewardship, technology, technical assistance and education in order to enhance the viability of agricultural enterprises and safeguard natural resources.  AEEP has funded 422 projects statewide since 1999, providing growers and producers approximately $5 million to address environmental concerns on their farms.

Today’s grant awardees:

Farm Name

Last Name

Municipality

Project Type

Award

Bayside Agricultural, Inc.BeatonMiddleboroTailwater Recovery System

$7,500.00

Benson's Pond, Inc.GilmoreMiddleboro(3) Automated Irrigation

$7,500.00

Bug Hill FarmKerivanAshfieldDrip Irrigation

$4,320.00

Carved In Stone, LLCDriscollCarverTailwater Recovery System

$11,000.00

Cedar Meadow Cranberry, Inc.PontiffCarverIrrigation Pump; Mainline

$20,000.00

Chop Chaque Cranberries, Inc.ButlerMiddleboroTailwater Recovery

$6,500.00

Cranberry Country BogsMelvilleCarver(4) Automated Irrigation

$7,500.00

Crimson CranberryBrillonRochesterAutomated Irrigation

$6,358.00

Derby Ridge FarmMikoskiStowPesticide Storage

$9,822.00

Edgewood Bogs, LLCRhodesCarverPesticide Mixing and Loading

$5,998.00

EIEIO FarmCrockerLeverettFencing; Irrigation

$25,000.00

Handy Cranberry TrustHandyCataumet(2) Auto Irrigation

$7,500.00

Kenburn OrchardsFlaccusShelburneIrrigation Pond

$25,000.00

Mayval FarmParsonsWesthamptonBark Mound System

$25,000.00

Meadow Brook FarmLacasseRehobothFencing; Irrigation

$20,000.00

Molin FarmMolinHardwickFencing

$8,000.00

Morning Dew FarmRidaWorthingtonFencing; Animal Train

$21,592.00

Morse Brothers, Inc.Morse IIIHalifaxAutomated Irrigation

$6,800.00

Otter River Farm, LLCSmithWinchendonCompost Pad

$25,000.00

P.J. CranberriesHanlonEast SandwichPesticide Storage

$1,459.00

Peace Haven ProjectMetcalfBecketTrickle Irrigation; Well

$9,036.00

Peaceful Gathering Place, Inc.MorceauFairhavenDrip Irrigation

$5,576.00

Porter Bog Company, Inc.KnightRochesterTailwater Recovery

$25,000.00

Remeskyla CranberriesRemesSouth CarverPesticide Storage

$773.00

Rocky River BogDrollettPlymptonAutomated Irrigation

$7,500.00

Sherry's BerriesBernierLakevillePop-up Irrigation

$13,228.00

Shinglebrook FarmManningShelburneFencing; Barnyard Improvements

$5,908.00

Sidehill FarmKlippensteinHawleyMilkhouse Wastewater Treatment

$25,000.00

Spring Rain FarmMcCaffreyEast TauntonLift Pump

$6,542.00

Starsza FarmSzaroWestportIrrigation System

$3,200.00

Sunshine FarmGeogheganSherbornDrip Irrigation

$2,820.00

Triple CClemishawRochesterIrrigation Pump; Fuel Containment

$11,068.00

W.D. Bog, Inc.HarrimanCarver(2) Automated Irrigation

$7,500.00

For more information on the AEEP Program, visit
www.mass.gov/agr/programs/aeep/index.htm

For information on the Division of Technical Assistance programs, visit:
www.mass.gov/agr/divisions/ag_technical_assistance.htm

DAR's mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions - Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop and Pest Services - DAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth's agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture's role in energy conservation and production. For more information, visit DAR's website at www.mass.gov/agr, and/or follow at twitter.com/MDARcommish.

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