Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Massachusetts agriculture contributes to our local, state and national economies, assisting to both improve the standard of living for our citizens and their quality of life in Massachusetts; and,
Whereas The more than 7,600 farms across Massachusetts provide employment to over 13,500 workers, as stewards protect more than 500,000 acres of open space and generate over 489 million dollars annually for the Massachusetts economy; and,
Whereas Renowned for its diversity, Massachusetts agriculture includes cranberries, dairy, nursery stock, horticulture products, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, 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 Let all the citizens of the Commonwealth acknowledge and recognize the contributions of our farm economy, consistently meeting the needs and demands of consumers, while providing a wide variety of fresh, locally grown, environmentally safe, nutritiously beneficial high-quality foods and agricultural products; and
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2013, 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 April, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth