MDAR Deputy Commissioner Winton Pitcoff pointed out that farmers are also a big contributor to the state's fight against climate change, as they steward the land, take care of natural resources and take care of natural resources.
One of the main things Lebeaux heard throughout the day was validation for the Food Security Infrastructure Grant program that is through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The state Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) also works closely on the program.
The non-commercial flock contained ducks, chicken, geese, quail, and turkeys, all of which are capable of getting sick with and spreading "highly pathogenic avian influenza," or HPAI. The state and the USDA euthanized the flock and quarantined the area to prevent further spread.
The nonprofit was awarded $430,219 from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs for the purchase of farm and industrial kitchen equipment during its land acquisition process.
As a new year kicks off, our agency reflects on major milestones achieved during 2021. The agricultural community gained two new geospatial decision support tools, and will soon have first-time data on hemp production, conservation practice adoption motivations, farmer demographics, and agroforestry practices.
Each of the 30 towns and both cities in Berkshire County have received food from the aquaponics lab, which donates its produce to food banks, shelters and community kitchens. More than 100,000 heads of lettuce and other vegetables have gone out into the community over the past 20 months.