Special Program on Health Regulations and Agricultural Activities in Massachusetts - Shared screen with speaker view
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Hi - will the materials and recording be available after the meeting?
Mike Hugo, MAHB
Yes, all attendees will get a copy of all slides and access to the recording of tonight’s program
Marcia A Testa
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The Massachusetts Association of Agricultural Commissions has been working towards this goal for ten years. It is the reason that Ag Coms were formed in many communities.
Is MDAR notified if a new regulation is proposed? Does MDAR have the opportunity to comment?
hahaha - that bacon/pig thing is awesome!
@PMitchell Since these are municipal decisions and regulations, MDAR doesn’t have an official role. If the Ag Comm chooses to reach out to MDAR for help they may offer some connections or resources.
Good decision. MDAR should remain accessible should a potential conflict with Commonwealth law arise.
Yes, please share that slide1
If you want an Ag Com, all your community needs to do is adopt M.G.L Chapter 40 Section 8L at town meeting or through the city government processes for government. Massagcoms.firstname.lastname@example.org will assist you in the process.
Question about barn inspectors: do all towns have one? Is there guidance on how the Barn inspector works with AgCom and BoH?
There is an annual animal inspection by MDAR contractors for each community that checks of the health, care and condition of the animals and counts them. Also, in the event of an animal disease where MDAR might have to do an emergency inspection, they know where they are. It is not a BoH job because this is with respect to animal health.
Are garden centers and landscaping supply businesses considered agricultural and horticultural or farming lands that are exempt from nuisance complaints?
Let me clarify: the BoH has no intention of evaluating animal health. I am just looking for ideas of how these groups can collaborate
Jeffrey Kennedy - CEU
Hillary Greenberg or HIllary Greenberg-Lemos CEU's
On a point of personal interest, are BOHs aware that fermentation kills bacteria? Example: cider.
Mark Blaisdell (Adams) - C.E.U.
Donna Greenwood CEUs
John McVeigh Millis CEU
Hi I am Laura Sapienza-Grabski the President of the Massachusetts Association of Agricultural Commissions. email@example.com 7812484576
Williamstown Animal Inspector (livestock) is also the Health Agent - Me. Police handle rabies, etc.
It is my understanding that Garden centers are responsible for safe handling and storage of any and all pesticides.
Scott Moles, Holliston CEU ThanksHow many communities will re continue Rabies Clinics?
john morris CEU's
To the falling asleep comment, I was initially thinking this was going to be blah blah blah, but I have found it engaging and informative!
As a health inspector I have difficulty when a neighbor complains about the neighbors chickens or cows and I cannot verify the complaint. They show pictures but I never get to see . What do I do?
Michael Pineo VP,MAAC firstname.lastname@example.org 978-422-7350
As you have stated, it's about being a good neighbor. Call the farmer and let them know their animals got out. Allow them the opportunity to recover the animal before calling the police.
Roosters have been Hollliston's nuisance complaint increase this year
Heidi - Is the Bedford BOH involved in issuing/approving kennel permits for dogs?
If Boards of Health were to regulate glyphosate/ pesticide use in any capacity: moratorium, specific to public lands, etc. would it first need to be approved by the AG Commission?
What is the standard definition of a commercial farm in Mass?
If you are on an Ag Com please contact MAAC at email@example.com we need your contacts
A question I get asked often is how does the state define “commercial”
Karen Schwalbe - SEMAP
The definitions for agriculture are these regulations
Karen Schwalbe - SEMAP
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40A, Section 3, Paragraph 1Chapter 90, Section 9Chapter 111, Section 125AChapter 128 Section 1A
I'm new to this space as an anti-hunger activist and am curious if BoHs consider the effect of regulations on economic impact on consumers. We have the highest cost of food in the country (vast majority imported from other states) and experienced some of the highest percentage increases in hunger during the pandemic.
Thank you. I didn’t know if there was a dollar mark somewhere.
I know for chapter status there is
Aside from acreage and zoning: General Definition of AgricultureMGL Ch128 Sec.1A is the official “general” definition of agriculture."'Farming' or 'agriculture' shall include farming in all of its branches and the cultivation and tillage of the soil, dairying, the production, cultivation, growing and harvesting of any agricultural, aquacultural, floricultural or horticultural commodities, the growing and harvesting of forest products upon forest land, the raising of livestock including horses, the keeping of horses as a commercial enterprise, the keeping and raising of poultry, swine, cattle and other domesticated animals used for food purposes, bees, fur-bearing animals, and any forestry or lumbering operations, performed by a farmer, who is hereby defined as one engaged in agriculture or farming as herein defined, or on a farm as an incident to or in conjunction with such farming operations, including preparations for market, delivery to storage or to market or to carriers for transportation to market."
is that gross income
Yes, gross income.
Thank You. Good night. Keep safe all.
Thank you for your presentations and Q&A, I am on an Ag Commission in Western Ma and we have had very little guidance this gives us several resources to look to.
A future challenge will be balancing Home Rule and State Law as it pertains to both agriculture and public health. Clearly, some towns are more agriculturally based than others. This will be a challenge when it comes to educating local BOHs and AgComms.
Karen Schwalbe - SEMAP
Yes, very much so. Home Rule is king and that makes a coordinated educational program difficult.
Thank you so much for this Webinar! I will share all slide with our Agcom and BOH if no participants were able to join here! Hello From Halifax, MA Agcom
Thank you, everyone!
Thank you, all.
Yes, thank you... Very informative...
Good information, GREAT questins