Recognizing the hardship that farms throughout the Commonwealth have faced during the 2016 growing season due to unprecedented drought conditions, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito have announced additional grant funding for water conservation projects to be released through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).
MDAR will administer $250,000 of grant funding through its Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP) for water conservation projects that help farms reduce their operational impact on the environment and better prepare for, and recover after, this years’ severe drought. Selected proposals will be reimbursed up to $25,000 or 85% of total project costs of approved projects.
Agricultural operations interested in applying will need to submit their Request for Response (RFR) by 4:00pm on January 6, 2017. For a copy of the application, visit the AEEP website or call 617-626-1739.