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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces $1 Million in Grants to Help Farmers Address Climate Change

For immediate release:
4/22/2019
  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces $1 Million in Grants to Help Farmers Address Climate Change

Katie Gronendyke

BOSTONBuilding on a commitment to safeguard agricultural resources from the impacts of climate change, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced $1,000,000 in grants to 40 Massachusetts agricultural operations to install practices that help mitigate their impacts on climate change and adapt to changing climate conditions. The grants were awarded through the Agricultural Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) Program, which was created as part of the implementation of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569, which lays out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient Commonwealth. 

“The ACRE grant program plays an important role in our administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector, build resiliency and ensure the long-term success of farms across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker.  “We are pleased to work with Massachusetts farms and food suppliers through the ACRE program to better prepare for the impact of intense weather events.”

“Massachusetts’ farmers are leading the way in working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and making their operations environmentally sustainable,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.  “The ACRE program continues to provide resources to farmers to adapt their operations to be better prepared for future conditions and help the Commonwealth achieve our ambitious climate and emissions reduction goals.”

Created under the Baker-Polito Administration, the ACRE program funds materials and labor for the implementation of practices that work to improve soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As impacts to farms are expected to result from more frequent and severe storm events, increased precipitation followed by periods of drought, higher overall temperature and increased evaporation rates, the program also offers incentives for agricultural operations to proactively address risks and strengthen their economic and environmental resiliency as they adapt to the changing climate. Proposals that address both mitigation and adaptation in their proposals are prioritized in funding.

“The funding awarded under the ACRE grant program will help incentivize innovation in the agricultural sector as farmer’s across the Commonwealth work to address vulnerabilities to climate change,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.  “The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to continue to work with farmers to mitigate the impacts of climate change on agricultural and locally grown products”

“ACRE is a key new program within the Department that is intended to position farmers to manage their operations in a time of increasing climate variability,” said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux. “We are excited to be adding this program to our suite of funding programs to help address farmer’s needs for the future.” 

The following local agricultural operations are receiving grants through the ACRE program:

Farm Name

Project Type

City

Award

Dargoonian Farm

Upgrades to Food Safety in Produce Facility

Andover

$36,610

Clark Brothers Orchard

Upgrades to Cold Storage Facility

Ashfield

$50,000

Mary Hands Organic Farm

Purchase of No-Till Drill

Barre

$1,600

Phoenix Fruit Farm

Upgrades to Produce Washing Facility

Belchertown

$59,200

Indian Head Farm

Purchase of Electronic Control Equipment; Installation of Electric Service for Irrigation

Berlin

$12,638

Trustees of Reservations

Purchase of No-Till Drill

Boston

$23,483

Decas Cranberry Co.

Purchase and Installation of Irrigation Pump

Carver

$50,000

Signal Rock Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Charlton

$15,760

Whitney’s Farm Market

Purchase and Installation of Ebb & Flow Benching

Cheshire

$43,080

Small Farm

Purchase and Installation of Well and Pump for Irrigation

Concord

$14,512

Ogonowski Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Dracut

$17,440

Tony Andrews Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

East Falmouth

$7,936

Clover Hill Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Gilbertville

$26,720

Rockwood Farm

Installation of Heat Recovery from Anaerobic Digester

Granville

$60,000

Cook Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Hadley

$29,280

Devine Brothers Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Hadley

$16,020

Hukowicz Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Hadley

$15,869

Earle M. Parsons

Purchase of Auto Steer System

Hadley

$14,223

Bardwell Farm

Upgrades to Produce Washing System

Hatfield

$1,260

Luther Belden Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Hatfield

$27,464

Rogers Spring Hill Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Haverhill

$29,280

Rogers Spring Hill Garden and Farm Center

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Haverhill

$28,160

Vollinger Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Haydenville

$21,360

Elliot Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Lakeville

$17,110

Red Shirt Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Lanesborough

$10,481

Breezy Gardens

Upgrades to Food Safety System

Leicester

$8,326

Idylvale Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Littleton

$21,800

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Lowell

$16,240

Turkey Swamp Farm

Purchase and Installation of Lift Pump

Middleboro

$27,530

Marju Bog Management

Purchase and Installation of Control Units for Moisture and Temperature Sensors

Middleboro

$27,200

Ashland Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

New Braintree

$20,320

Berkshire Conservation District

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Pittsfield

$27,984

Almeida Farms

Purchase of Manure Injector

Rehoboth

$30,000

Costa Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Rochester

$27,640

Fletcher Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Southampton

$30,000

Baker Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Swansea

$35,000

Crescent Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Wardhill

$29,280

A.D. Makepeace

Purchase and Installation of Irrigation Pumps

Wareham

$50,000

Mayval Farm

Purchase of No-Till Equipment

Westhampton

$16,794

Ivory Silo Farm

Purchase of Field Cultivator

Westport

$2,400

“We all benefit when our local farms are successful,” said State Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), Chair of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.  “These grants help with sustainability while benefitting the soil and climate.  I especially congratulate the farms and farmers in my district including, Ashland, Clover Hill, Many Hands and Signal Rock Farm and appreciate the ongoing support of MDAR.”

“Thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration for their continued efforts to make our farms more resilient and sustainable,” said State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth). “These investments allow heritage farms that are an important economic and cultural part of our community, like the Tony Andrews Farm in East Falmouth, invest in new technology to make them sustainable and successful in 21st century agriculture.”

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces $1 Million in Grants to Help Farmers Address Climate Change

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 

EEA seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources 

The Department’s mission is to help keep the Massachusetts’ food supply safe and secure, and to work to keep Massachusetts agriculture economically and environmentally sound.
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