Agricultural Day is the one day of the year that focuses on the importance of the farm industry in Massachusetts.
At ‘AG’ Day, local farmers were given an opportunity to showcase their work and advocate for policies that impact them on a daily basis.
CISA, an organization from western Massachusetts told 22News about a program they run which provides low-income families with more nutritious meal options.
“If we can increase the amount that the state supports this program next year to $8.5 million we’ll be able to add some more farmers and we’ll be able to make sure the program runs every day of the year,” Phillip Korman of CISA said.
While lawmakers enjoyed all kinds of fresh foods participants took the opportunity to talk to them about re-investing in sustainable energy solutions like solar and forestry.
“Western Mass especially we don’t have the economy of the eastern part of the state, we don’t have high tech like 128, we don’t have biotech jobs like in Cambridge, we’re much more dependent on these working landscapes,” Matt Barron, policy director at the MA Forest Alliance said.
A common concern among AG Day participants was climate change.
With the number of farms declining rapidly in Massachusetts, agricultural professionals wanted to make sure lawmakers were passing policies that would allow their industry to thrive for decades to come.
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