Reasons To Be A Friend

Most of Massachusetts’ 7,755 farms are small and family-owned, so our farmers don’t have time to run their businesses and be politicians. That’s where MFBF and consumers can help!

When you become a Friend of Local Farmers you join the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation – a non-profit organization that represent farms and farmers on Beacon Hill and in Washington, D.C.  MFBF has a solid record for positive action on issues that concern all landowners in Massachusetts, including protecting the environment, private property rights, a safe food supply, affordable taxes and preserving open space and working landscapes in your community.

For example, in 2016 the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s farmland valuation advisory committee (FVAC) approved a dramatic 300 percent increase in Chapter 61a farmland values in January 2016. MFBF appealed to the Governor’s office for relief from property tax increases and the FVAC reconsidered, resulting in a savings of $10+ million annually. And that savings of $1,200 per farm helped keep many farms in business.

But MFBF can’t do it without you! In order to reinforce our message, our organization needs your support! For just $25 you’ll help farmers have a unified voice to develop policies across town lines; have access to information on all the latest trends in agriculture and issues that challenge local farms; and you’ll receive a membership card that doubles as an Access benefit card when activated for savings at more than 175,000 vendors.

For just $25, become a Friend of Local Farmers today by completing this online form.