About a dozen local legislators joined Hampshire County Farm Bureau to tour local farms on June 7. The tour showcased local agriculture and gave the legislators an opportunity to connect with local farmers and learn issues that they are concerned with.
“Connections built on tours like these are key,” said Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Mark Amato. “On June 7, Hampshire County Farm Bureau built a foundation for a long-lasting relationship with their local legislators. We hope that these legislators will continue to be supportive of the farming community and the Farm Bureau agenda.”
Stops on the tour included Outlook Farm in Westhampton; Plainville Farm in Hadley and Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley. Topics of discussion included agritourism, labor, dairy policy and more.
“Nothing beats having a direct conversation with farmers about their essential work on behalf of the commonwealth and our food system,” said Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton). “Thank you to the Farm Bureau for once again facilitating this farm tour which drew bipartisan support from across the Commonwealth.”
“Our local farms are some of the best in the state and I always enjoy spending time with the hard-working folks on those farms,” said Representative Daniel R. Carey (D-Easthampton). “The farm tour was a wonderful opportunity to hear the issues that are affecting not just our farmers, but their employees, their families and our region as a whole. “
“The Office of Representative Lindsay Sabadosa greatly appreciated the opportunity to hear more about the unique obstacles that farms face in the 1st Hampshire District,” said Representative Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton). “The information gathered during our tour will help better inform future initiatives at the state-level as we work to ensure the next generation of local farmers is supported.”
Senator Adam Hinds (D- Pittsfield), who represents the nine Hampshire County towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington, was unable to attend the farm tour. His office was represented by Jon Gould, the Senator’s Hilltown Community Liaison.
The Hampshire County Farm Bureau belongs to the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, which represents nearly 6,000 family members across the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation is a non-profit association consisting of 11 member organizations and is part of The American Farm Bureau Federation.