$3 Million in Grants to Support Farmers

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Today, Governor Maura Healey declared April 3, 2024, as Massachusetts Agriculture Day. As part of the celebration, Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll announced over $3 million in grants to support Massachusetts farmers through programs that improve composting efforts, food safety, cranberry bog restoration, stewardship, and business planning.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner Ashley Randle also announced the formation and inaugural members of the Massachusetts Agricultural Youth Council. Comprised of high school seniors, the Ag Youth Council will cultivate and foster the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry in Massachusetts.

Organized by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation and MDAR, Massachusetts Agriculture Day at the State House celebrates the agricultural industry and gathers farmers, producers, and commodity groups from across the Commonwealth to showcase the richness and diversity of Massachusetts grown products, allowing legislators and officials the opportunity to sample locally produced food and crops and learn more about important issues directly from farmers.

“This Ag Day we’re celebrating our farmers who work tirelessly throughout the year to grow and produce a diverse, healthy food supply to feed residents across Massachusetts. Last year, I witnessed the resilience of our farmers as they worked to recover from a series of devastating severe weather events,” said Governor Maura Healey. “Our administration stands in support of the agricultural industry and will continue provide farms with resources to increase production and help reduce food insecurity.”

“Strong, flourishing farms contribute so much more than the food that they produce. They catalyze economic benefits that go beyond the agricultural sector,” said Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll. “Providing direct funding to our farmers through these programs ensures our vibrant industry continues to produce the highest quality food. These grants demonstrate our commitment to the agricultural industry and goes a long way to ensuring this sector thrives.”

“These programs showcase our commitment to supporting our farmers at all stages in their businesses,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rebecca Tepper. “Whether just starting out, taking the reins from a previous owner, or working to secure their continued longevity, our MDAR grant opportunities can enhance sustainability for farms.”

Grant Funding

MDAR is awarding over $3 million in funding to 74 farms through the Agricultural Composting Improvement Program (ACIP), the Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program (AFSIP), Cranberry Bog Renovation Grant (CBRG) Program, Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture (MEGA) Program, and Stewardship Assistance and Restoration on APRs (SARA) Program. These programs will help to improve and strengthen their operations in the short and long term.

“On the Cape and Islands, our farmers and aquaculturists bolster our local economy and allow residents to access fresh and healthy food,” said Senator Julian Cyr (D – Cape and Islands). “I am thrilled that ten farms on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard will receive funding through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. These monies will ensure food safety, help renovate cranberry bogs, and support the vitality and vibrancy of our coastal agriculture industry.”

The Cranberry Bog Renovation Grant Program provides reimbursement to cranberry operations that implement projects that improve both bog design and production while preventing, reducing, or eliminating negative environmental impacts that may occur from cranberry production. By funding these projects, the program enhances the cranberry industry's overall financial and environmental sustainability. The following are the Cranberry Bog Renovation Grant Program recipients for FY24:

Cranberry Operation




Eagle Holt Cranberry Co., Inc.

Bog Renovation on 11 Acres



Beaton's, Inc.

Bog Renovation on 2.29 Acres



WM Couto Cranberry

Bog Renovation on 2.5 Acres



State Rd Lot 52-44-57 Realty Nominee Trust

Bog Renovation on 3 Acres



Fresh Meadow Farm

Bog Renovation on 2.9 Acres



Johnson Cranberries, LLC

Bog Renovation on 5 Acres



Mills River Cranberry Corporation

Bog Renovation on 3 Acres

Marstons Mills


Meadow Street

Bog Renovation on 5 Acres



Rocky Maple Bogs

Bog Renovation on 5 Acres



Miller Cranberry Co., Inc.

Bog Renovation on 5.18



WJM Cranberries

Bog Renovation on 1.7 Acres



Red Eye Cranberry, Inc.

Bog Renovation on 3.2 Acres



H.M. Riggle

Bog Renovation on 3 Acres



Cape Cod Cranberry Realty Trust

Bog Renovation on 2 Acres

W. Barnstable


Ross Cranberry, LLC

Bog Renovation on 2 Acres

E. Sandwich


Sleepy Hollow Cranberries

Bog Renovation on 7 Acres



S K Wainio Bogs, Inc.

Bog Renovation on 3.25 Acres



Highland Cranberry Company, Inc.

Bog Renovation on 3 Acres



SRD Real Estate, LLC

Bog Renovation on 1.43 Acres



Eric & Elaine Weston

Bog Renovation on 5.75 Acres



Weston Cranberry Corp.

Bog Renovation on 4.77 Acres



Wilson Cranberry, LLC

Bog Renovation on 6 Acres