Agricultural Commission

Belchertown Agricultural Commission

Informing, supporting, collaborating...

Our mission

To promote agricultural-based economic opportunities; preserve, revitalize, and sustain the Belchertown agricultural industry, and encourage the pursuit of agriculture as a career opportunity and lifestyle.

What is agriculture?

According to the general laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, "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 agriculture, 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.