August 30th, 2019
By Karen Schwalbe, SEMAP Executive Director
Sometimes the rules need breaking and other times just tweaking. Which will it be? Right now, Massachusetts farmers have a chance to comment on the new on-farm composting regulations proposed by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR). Earlier this month I attended a listening session on these proposed regulations and wanted to share my concerns and to encourage our local farmers to comment to MDAR on the changes. The more voices MDAR hears, the more likely we will see favorable changes.
The recently proposed changes the Agricultural Composting regulations were spurred by a neighborhood dispute in Central Massachusetts. While the farmer’s activities were legal and met all existing regulations, the effect of odor on the neighborhood instigated a complaint to their State Senator. The bill filed as a result of this conflict was vetoed by the Governor and now MDAR has the opportunity to issue a revised set of regulations.Read more →