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Setting a farm agenda

Group seeks to promote local farms, prevent 'silly bylaws'

Massachusetts Association of Agricultural Commissions President Dick Ward, left, conducts an impromptu auction of a decades-old cranberry box with various Bay State farm products at the end of the Friday, Feb. 24 annual meeting. It went for $50. Adding eggs to the box is Vice President Laura Grabski. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
February 28, 2012
STURBRIDGE — Farmers from across the state gathered Friday, Feb. 24, at the Host Hotel to harvest the past year's local agriculture promotion efforts and plant seeds for this year's.

Atop their priority list were several bills before the state Legislature, encouraging the development of local "Right to Farm" bylaws, and addressing potential conflicts with neighbors and local boards.

Mass. Farm Bureau's Brad Mitchell does a little bit of all of them.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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