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Dykema Receives Agricultural Service Award

by Press Release
April 11, 2012

Rep. Dykema presented with Agricultural Award

Farmers and their supporters converged on the State House to highlight the many benefits of Massachusetts agriculture at the annual Massachusetts Agriculture Day on April 3rd.  As part of the festivities, they presented Representative Carolyn C. Dykema (D) Holliston, with the Agriculture Day Award honoring her service on behalf of agriculture in the state.  The annual award is given to the legislator who has done the most to support agriculture, a $489 million dollar industry which is also responsible for maintaining almost 520,000 acres of open space.

Rep. Dykema was presented with the award by Middlesex County Farm Bureau President, Donna Kramer. “Meeting the growing demand for locally grown products is creating tremendous opportunities for our agriculturally-based businesses. With benefits like improved nutrition, local jobs and increased tourism, it’s a win for our families, our environment and our economy. This recognition is particularly special to me, and I’m looking forward to continuing to advocate for the farms and agricultural businesses in my district and across the state to promote their success,” said Representative Dykema in accepting the award.

Dr. A. Richard Bonanno, President of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau praised Dykema. “More than anything, Carolyn Dykema is a great listener. With any concern or topic the farming community has brought to her, she has taken the time to sit down and listen to us and understand our concerns – and then act on them.  Her grasp of business, economic development and environmental issues is exceptional.”

The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation is a non-profit, member-driven organization representing 6,000 family members across the Commonwealth. Its mission is “to protect the rights, encourage the growth, and be of service to its members, in the best interest of agriculture.”

 

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This recognition for Carolyn comes on the heels of an award from the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association - the association of greenhouse and nursery growers and landscape professionals. As one who works in the state's agriculture community, I personally want to thank Carolyn for her efforts. I agree with the comments in this article that she listens and grasps complex issues, and takes action. Massachuetts agriculture is a vital part of our urbanized state providing food, trees, shrubs, flowers, meat, poultry, Christmas trees and more. There are more farms in MA today than there were 10 years ago thanks to the efforts of Carolyn and many others who share the passion. Do your part, plant something and buy local! Congratulations, Carolyn.

- Mary Greendale | 4/13/12 12:31 PM

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