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APR Program Review: Updates and Listening Sessions

Dates and locations for public events

Looking Forward: Farmlands Forever

APR Program Events in January 2020
Evenings 6-8pm

January 7      Red Barn, Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst
January 14    Community Harvest Farm, 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton
January 21    Berkshire Athenaeum, Public Library, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
January 28    Bristol County Ag High School, Library Rm 212, Gilbert Hall, 135 Center Street, Dighton

January 30    Essex North Shore Ag/Tech School, Smith Hall Cafetorium, 565 Maple Street, Danvers

Please join MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux, APR landowners, farmers, APR staff, Agricultural Lands Preservation Committee (ALPC), Massachusetts Board of Agriculture, state officials, land trusts, and individuals engaged in Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program efforts to preserve Massachusetts farmlands.  These are public events to review the APR program:

APR PROGRAM UPDATES (30 minutes):  MDAR staff will speak about policies, procedures, regulations, guidance, and efforts to improve and modernize the APR program after input from our 2018-2019 listening sessions.

LISTENING SESSIONS (90 minutes): We would like to hear your suggestions about all aspects of the program:

  • APR program management
  • Transfer and sale of APRs
  • Approvals (renewable energy, composting, dwellings, labor)
  • Long-term economic viability of APR farmlands including agritourism and nonagricultural uses (weddings, events, races)
  • Future farmland and legacy planning
  • Application process for new APR farmlands

MDAR is also interested in hearing from you about other topics like planning for climate resiliency:  soil management, no-till agriculture, soil health, carbon sequestration; and weather-related issues like storms, flooding, and increased frost/thaw frequency.

Pre-registration is not required for any session but is recommended by emailing Dorothy.Du@mass.gov.

For information contact Gerard.Kennedy@mass.gov

Since 1980, the APR Program has permanently protected 932 farms and 73,368 acres in Massachusetts.  The APR program was the first in the nation and continues to protect and preserve working farms for generations to come.