Goal 1: Farmers will be able to sustain economically viable operations on their land.

Recommendation 1.2: Ensure that Chapter 61A valuations are based on use value....

Action 1.2.1

Modify Chapter 61A to direct the Farmland Valuation Advisory Commission to guide and limit municipalities setting their own farmland values, to ensure that values are based on use value, not sales value. The University of Massachusetts’ Department of Resource Economics should provide increased resources and expertise to the Farmland Valuation Advisory Committee in evaluating and updating farmland values across the Commonwealth.

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