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74 Action Items Found
Convene a working group to develop recommendations around housing on APRs.
Establish a legislatively-appointed task force to develop a state Farmland Action Plan, and provide necessary funding for its development. Members of the task force should include representatives of state agencies, farm and conservation organizations, University of Massachusetts, and other academic institutions with expertise in agricultural land data analysis, modeling, and mapping, regional planning agencies, and USDA-NRCS.
Task MDAR and the ALPC with convening an annual forum to evaluate progress through the APR Program and to invite stakeholder input on APR program policies.
Establish a coalition of agriculture, conservation, forestry, and smart growth organizations to work together and with the ALPC and state and federal agencies to identify and take action on common issues and priorities around farmland protection.
Expand and strengthen Executive Order 193 and the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). Convene a working group to develop recommendations for doing so, including how to address renewable alternative energy (e.g. solar) development on agricultural land.
Encourage greater communication and joint training, workshop presentations, and fact sheet development between MA Association of Agricultural Commissions and MA Association of Conservation Commissions.
Promote and leverage the MassDEP technical assistance service, RecyclingWorks, to help food waste generators comply with the waste ban.
Provide technical assistance to municipalities to introduce their own voluntary programs for residential food waste disposal or food waste from institutions disposal below the one ton/week level.
Explore expanding the statewide Commerical Food Waste Disposal Ban to phase in smaller food waste generators and residential food waste over time.
Increase outreach and education on food donation opportunities, including the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which provides liability protections for donators.
Increase refrigerated storage capacity at food pantries through public funding or connections with under-used, existing, nearby facilities to allow food pantries to accept more donations of fresh, perishable foods.
Increase participation in existing education and training around the handling of fresh food for those donating, distributing, and serving the food. Best management practices are being developed through a collaborative effort of the EPA, Massachusetts Department of Public Health(DPH), and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), with support from Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Center for Ecological Technology.
Create a communication network so that farmers can connect with volunteers willing to harvest and distribute a crop in an overly abundant year.
Develop a resource guide for urban farming soil remediation that includes best practices, applicable regulations, and funding sources. City, state, federal agency programs should be included in the guide.
Provide the resources and technical assistance needed to help farmers adapt to increased impacts from flooding, drought, and other expected impacts of climate change.
Include a representative from the urban farming sector on the NRCS’ State Technical Committee to represent the particular needs of the Massachusetts urban farming sector.
Provide more education and technical assistance to homeowners and landscapers for proper use of pesticides through local Boards of Health.
Implement the recommendations from the Pollinator Stewardship group.
Encourage UMass Extension collaborations with complementary programs in New England, Massachusetts, and subregions of the state.
Create a network of education and technical service providers that includes government agencies, nonprofits, the UMass system and Extension, the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts, technical high schools, other private and public educational institutions, regulators, and others, to ensure that the work of these groups is relevant to the needs of the farming sector, and to reduce redundancies and improve communication across sectors.