Agricultural Climate Resiliency and Efficiencies (ACRE) Program for Massachusetts
The Agricultural Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) was created as part of the implementation of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569, which focuses reducing carbon emissions and building a more climate resilient Massachusetts. The program advances that goal - as well as more specific goals identified in the Massachusetts Local Action Food Plan - by providing grants to producers to implement practices that improve their farms’ resiliency. $500,000 in grants have gone to 16 Massachusetts farms to install practices that help mitigate and adapt to climate impacts. The program is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and all farms in the state engaged in production for commercial purposes are eligible to apply. Selected applicants may receive funding for up to 75% of a project’s total cost at a maximum cost of $50,000.
Projects of the first 16 grant recipients in 2018 vary - from a flail mower for returning cover crops to the soil, to or support for the transition to rotational grazing. Awards for no-till drills and planters, which helps maintain soil moisture during planting, were, however, by far the most common. All of these are ways of improving soil health and sequestering carbon while also contributing to a more drought resilient local food system in Massachusetts.
Publication Date: March 2018
- Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
- Funding program