The Agricultural Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds materials and labor for the implementation of practices that address the agricultural sector’s vulnerability to climate change, improves economic resiliency and advances the general goals identified in the Massachusetts Local Action Food Plan.
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (“MDAR”) invites responses from Massachusetts farmers who raise and sell agricultural products who wish to participate in the Agricultural Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) Program. ACRE provides reimbursement funds to agricultural operations for the implementation of practices that address the agricultural sector’s vulnerability to climate change, improve economic resiliency and advance general goals identified in the Massachusetts Local Action Food Plan. Innovative proposals are sought for practices that protect the environment, ensure food safety, improve soil health, protect water resources, increase energy efficiency and/or promote renewable energy.
Agricultural operations engaged in production agriculture for commercial purposes as defined in Massachusetts law M.G.L c. 128, Sec. 1A. Responder must own, or be a Co-Responder with the owner, who has a legal interest in the land whether by deed or written agreement and approval to implement the Plan, of at least five (5) acres of land, which must be in active agricultural use and managed as a commercial enterprise by the Responder for at least the three (3) previous years.
Massachusetts Conservation Districts are eligible to apply solely for no-till equipment that will be utilized by agricultural operations.
Produce operations applying for food safety upgrades must have an average annual value of produce sold during the previous three-year period of $25,000 or more. Sales must be for produce covered under the Produce Safety Rule (PSR).
Application Open Period: The ACRE Program is not currently accepting applications. New applications will be released late winter 2019.