For Immediate Release - September 24, 2013

Patrick Administration Announces 56 Grants for Energy and Environmental Improvement Projects at Massachusetts Farms

EAST TAUNTON – Tuesday, September 24, 2013 – Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today awarded 56 grants to Massachusetts farmers to implement renewable energy systems, improve energy efficiency on farms and help farmers reduce or prevent negative impacts to natural resources from agricultural practices. The announcement took place at Couto Cranberries in East Taunton, a recipient of one of this year’s grants, which total $700,000.

“We are proud to support our local farmers in their efforts to ensure a sustainable future for their farms,” said Secretary Sullivan."With each grant, we are creating opportunity for agriculture to stay rooted and grow in our communities. The Patrick Administration is committed to reducing energy costs and improve efficiency, and we’re thankful to the Commonwealth’s farmers who are partnering with us in our progress toward a clean energy future.”

Twenty-three grants from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (DAR) Agricultural Energy (Ag-Energy) Grant Program will fund projects to reduce energy consumption and increase renewable energy use at Massachusetts farms. The projects include photovoltaic systems for vegetable and orchard operations, variable speed vacuum pumps for dairies, reverse osmosis machines for maple syrup operations and shade screens for greenhouses.

Thirty-three grants from DAR’s Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP) will fund projects like automated irrigations systems for cranberry operations, milkhouse wastewater treatment, manure storage areas, fencing and pesticide storage.

The Ag-Energy Grant and AEEP programs are two of several within DAR’s Division of Agricultural Conservation and Technical Assistance (DACTA). The division’s mission is to provide technical assistance, training, conservation and funding to promote economically viable and environmentally sound agricultural practices in Massachusetts.

“These grant programs help farmers protect the state’s natural resources as well as our strong tradition of local agriculture,” said DAR Commissioner Greg Watson. “Implementing environmentally responsible and energy efficient practices are imperative for farms across to the Commonwealth to remain family-owned resources for fresh, healthy and delicious food.”

“To achieve the Patrick Administration’s ambitious goals for Massachusetts’ energy future, we must support clean energy practices and reduced energy consumption in every sector of the Commonwealth,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia. “These grants will help Massachusetts farmers conserve energy and help their bottom line.”

The Ag-Energy grants have funded 143 projects statewide since 2009, providing growers and producers more than $1.9 million to address energy issues on their farms. This year, 38 applicants submitted requests for a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects totaling approximately $810,000. AEEP funds practices that improve water and air quality as well as promote water conservation. Farmers selected to participate are reimbursed for the approved costs of materials and labor up to $25,000.

“Agriculture and fishing have long served as the cornerstones of our Commonwealth and we now have more farms – and depend on more farms – than ever before,” said Senate President Therese Murray. “Through this grant program, local farmers in communities across the Commonwealth will receive the assistance needed to ensure their sustainability into the future.”

“I am pleased to see the Commonwealth invest in projects that are positive for the local agricultural community and for our energy efficiency efforts overall,” said Senator Marc R. Pacheco, Senate Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “These grants are a testament to the leadership that has earned Massachusetts its distinction as no. 1 in the country for energy efficiency.”

“I want to thank the Patrick Administration for continuing to lead the way in environmental and energy projects,” said Representative Anne Gobi, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “These grants are important to the viability of farming and agriculture in our Commonwealth and are just one more example of the continued commitment to Massachusetts farmers.”

Today’s AEEP Grant Awardees:

Site City

Project Type

Farm Name

Award

AdamsHeavy Use AreaBroadlawn Farm

$25,000.00

AdamsAlternative Water SourceSusan B. Anthony Farm

$10,000.00

AshfieldRunoff DiversionCarter & Whitcomb, LLC

$20,000.00

AshfieldFencing; Manure StorageCrossroads Farm

$15,000.00

CarverTailwater RecoveryWeston Bros. Cranberries, LLC

$10,000.00

CarverAutomated Irrigation SystemSilva Cranberries

$7,500.00

CarverPesticide StorageFresh Meadow Farm

$1,748.00

CarverIrrigation PumpSteve Ward Cranberry

$5,000.00

DuxburyAutomated Irrigation System; Lift PumpKoplovsky Cranberries

$20,000.00

E.BridgewaterSand FilterMorse Brothers, Inc.

$6,526.00

HalifaxAutomated Irrigation SystemPalmer Mill Cranberry, LLC

$7,500.00

HalifaxAutomated Irrigation SystemHarju Bog Management, Inc.

$7,500.00

HansonLift Pump Automation; Irrigation PumpK.D.B. Cranberries

$7,500.00

IpswichSeptic SystemMarini Farm, LLC

$20,000.00

KingstonAutomated Irrigation SystemDunham Cranberries

$7,500.00

LunenburgManure StorageStillman Dairy Farm

$15,000.00

MiddleboroTailwater Recovery; Automated IrrigationKen Harju & Sons Cranberries, Inc.

$20,000.00

MiddleboroAutomated Irrigation; Automated Lift PumpWaterville Cranberry Co., LLC

$7,500.00

MontagueDouble Wall Fuel StorageRed Fire Farm

$5,090.00

New BraintreeFencingGrass Roots Farm

$18,000.00

New BraintreeRunoff Improvements; Drainage; FencingShady Pine Farm

$10,000.00

PlymouthAutomated Irrigation; Irrigation Pump; Fuel StorageLanders' Farm, LLC

$15,000.00

PlymouthAutomated IrrigationForges Cranberries

$7,500.00

PlymouthLift PumpRJ Meharg Cranberries

$14,000.00

PlymptonPesticide Storage ShedGrandpa Tom's Vegetable Farm @ Billingsgate Farm

$7,000.00

PlymptonIrrigation Pump; Fuel StorageMayflower Cranberries, LLC

$7,875.00

RaynhamAutomated Irrigation SystemBrenda Piawlock Cranberries

$4,000.00

RehobothIce AccumulatorBettencourt Dairy Farm

$12,500.00

South CarverPesticide CabinetLim-Kran, Inc.

$761.00

SunderlandSewer Connection for Milkhouse WastewaterThomas Farm

$12,500.00

WarehamAutomated Irrigation SystemAgawam Cranberry Co., Inc.

$7,500.00

West WarehamWater Conveyance SystemBartholomew Family Bogs, LLC

$20,000.00

WestfieldManure Storage; FencingProspect Valley Farm

$20,000.00

Today’s Ag-Energy Grant Awardees:

Site City

Project Type

Farm Name

Award

AmherstBlack Squirrel, LLCSuper Insulated High Tunnel

$10,000.00

ChesterfieldFlat Rock FarmMaple HE Evaporator

$7,126.00

ColrainHager Bros. Farm, LLCMaple HE Evaporator

$25,000.00

ColrainSunrise FarmReverse Osmosis

$5,000.00

ConwayGoldthread Herbal Apothecary5.5kW Photovoltaic System

$8,000.00

CummingtonGoat Nook Farm9.6kW Photovoltaic System

$20,000.00

DanversConnors Farm, Inc.Walk-in Cooler

$25,000.00

DracutFarmer DavesGeothermal

$24,000.00

East TauntonCouto Cranberries51kW Photovoltaic System

$25,000.00

GillUpinngil Farm10.0kW Photovoltaic System

$15,000.00

GranvilleEvans Farm6.0kW Photovoltaic System

$10,000.00

HancockIoka Valley Farm15.0kW Photovoltaic System

$16,916.00

HawleySidehill Farm9.75kW Photovoltaic System

$11,250.00

LenoxMill Brook SugarhouseReverse Osmosis

$10,500.00

LeverettEIEIO Farm8.5kW Photovoltaic System

$15,000.00

Monument BeachLuscious OrganicsGreenhouse HE Heaters

$15,000.00

OakhamDismas Family Farm20.4kW Photovoltaic System

$15,000.00

PhillipstonGreen Acre Farm2.0kW Photovoltaic System

$8,500.00

PlymouthPlymouth County Sheriff's DepartmentGreenhouse Electronic Controls

$10,000.00

SheffieldMaple Shade Farm, Inc.Variable Speed Pump

$3,209.00

South DartmouthEva's Garden20.0kW Photovoltaic System

$15,000.00

South DeerfieldNourse FarmGreenhouse Shade Curtain

$15,000.00

WhatleyEnterprise FarmGreenhouse HE Heaters; Roof Vents

$15,499.00

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.