$1M in grants announced to fund 40 Massachusetts agricultural operations


BOSTON (WWLP) – The Baker-Polito Administration announced Monday another plan to help local farmers reduce their impacts on climate change and adapt to our changing climate.

The administration announced $1 million in grants to 40 different Massachusetts agricultural operations as part of their “ACRE” program. It stands for Agricultural Resiliency and Efficiencies program, which was created to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help deal with the impacts of climate change.

The grant money funds materials and labor to plan practices to improve soil health and reduce emissions. Climate change causes, “more frequent and severe storms, causes swings between increased rain and periods of drought, and warm temperatures;” all affecting local farmers. 

UMass Amherst Student Syed Naqvi told 22News, he approves of the climate-friendly program. “I think it’s important because it will produce cleaner air, cleaner water, and not doing that could affect our water, or food sources and water sources.”

In Hadley, Cook Farm, Devine Brothers Farm, and Hukowicz Farm all received grants. Mayval Farm in Westhampton and Pheonix Fruit Farm in Belchertown also received grant money. 

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