Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Massachusetts agriculture contributes to our local, state and national economies, assisting to maintain the standard of living for our citizenry, and improving the quality of life in the Commonwealth; and

Whereas The more than 7,600 farms throughout the Commonwealth employ more than 13,000 workers, protect more than 500,000 acres of open space and generate $489 million annually for the Massachusetts economy; and

Whereas Renowned for its diversity, Massachusetts agriculture includes dairy, cranberries, horticulture products, nursery stock, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, livestock, aquaculture, maple, honey and livestock; and

Whereas In recognition that investments in nutrition and greater access to locally grown products are key to improved health, Massachusetts farmers look to the future and are poised to continue, through education, to empower students and children, our future leaders about healthy eating behavioral practices, agriculture, food, and environmental science; and

Whereas Across the Commonwealth, agricultural enterprises have recognized energy as an important component of agricultural sustainability as well as an opportunity to address concern for our environment, implementing a wide variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; and

Whereas It is appropriate for all Massachusetts citizens to recognize the contribution our farm economy makes, consistently meeting the demands of consumers, while providing a wide variety of fresh, locally grown, environmentally safe, nutritiously beneficial high-quality foods  and agricultural products,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 3rd, 2012 to be

Massachusetts Agriculture Day    

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-second day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                     
Governor of the Commonwealth   

William Francis Galvin             
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts