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  Special Program on  Health Regulations and Agricultural

Activities in Massachusetts

May 27th 7:00 PM – 8:30PM

Sponsored by MAHB and MHOA

Please join us in the ZOOM lobby between 6:45 PM and 7:00 PM to be admitted to the Session

Your Zoom link will be mailed to you upon registration

Attention Board of Health and Agricultural Commission Members

Did you know that Massachusetts law has been revised as of January, 2021 to provide that local Boards of Health may no longer pass any health regulation that impacts agriculture in a municipality that has an Agricultural Commission without first submitting that health regulation to the  Agricultural Commission for its review? Do you know when you can and cannot declare an activity to be a “nuisance” when there is an agricultural-based operation in the picture?  Are you concerned with environmental impacts of agriculture from a public health standpoint?



Program Chairs
Edward Cosgrove, Ph.D., Microbiology,  Scientist, Executive Committee Member,  MAHB
Michael Hugo, J.D., Consultant on Government Affairs, MAHB
Winton Pitcoff, M.S., Director,  MA Food System Collaborative

Speakers for the Evening

7:00 PM  Welcome and Introduction- Michael Hugo

7:15 PM  Cheryl Sbarra J.D., Executive Director and Sr. Staff Attorney, MAHBOverview  of the new statute and how it applies in real life to LBOH – Introduced by Michael Hugo

7:30 PM  Karen Schwalbe, Chair of the Falmouth Agricultural Commission and Executive Director of the Southeast Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership – The Role of the Agricultural Commission, areas of cooperation and concern – Introduced by Winton Pitcoff

7:45 PM Heidi Porter, Health Director and Director of Health and Human Services, Town of Bedford – Keeping of Animals Regulation – Path to Revision – Introduced by Winton Pitcoff

8:00 PM Panel Discussion and Question and Answer PeriodModerated by Michael Hugo and Ed Cosgrove

Cheryl Sbarra, JD, Executive Director, MAHB

Karen Schwalbe

Karen Schwalbe


Heidi Porter

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