WHATELY, Mass. (WGGB) — Massachusetts interim U.S. Senator William “Mo” Cowan visited the Nourse Farm in Whately on Friday.
Senator Cowan was appointed to the Senate Agriculture Committee last week. It’s the first time that a Massachusetts senator has sat on the committee since 1879.
At the Nourse farm, Senator Cowan visited a fruit nursery that specializes in growing and exporting berries.
Senator Cowan saw the tissue culture laboratory where plants are propagated in a disease and virus free way. The Nourse farm’s business is growing thanks to its innovation.
They have a simple message for the state’s new interim senator.
“Please help us resolve the farm bill,and get that in place for 2013,” says Nathan Nourse, Sales Director for the farm.
Senator Cowan says he will roll up his sleeves and go to work for Massachusetts farmers.
“This is exactly what we need right now in our food culture, farmers who know the land, but who are continually thinking of innovative ways to get more from our land , more from our products,” says senator Cowan.
The interim senator says it’s important the federal government invests in research and innovation to help farms like the Nourse farm.
“We don’t want to see this kind of innovation and research stopped. This is the future. The Nourse family and this farm are doing exactly what they should be doing, to make our economy strong, to make the nation stronger, and provide healthier food choices for us all,” says Cowan.
Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Secretary Richard Sullivan who accompanied Senator Cowan to Western Massachusetts says Senator Cowan’s presence on the Agriculture committee will help Bay State farms.
“He will be there to represent the family farms of Massachusetts, the innovative farms of Massachusetts and that’s certainly playing out here at the Nourse farm,” says Sullivan.
Following his visit to the Nourse farm, Senator Cowan toured the Enterprise Farm also in Whately that specializes in providing fresh produce to underserved communities.