Current law only allows raw milk to be sold from the farm on which it is produced. HB 1995 is a bill that would allow farmers to deliver raw milk to their customers, and would set up a regulatory structure for such deliveries.
Benefits of this bill would include:
- Expanded opportunities for dairy farms in rural areas to sell directly to the public. Direct-to-consumer sales have been the key to the success Massachusetts farms, who because of high production costs here, often have difficulty competing with farms from other states and countries Raw milk sales are one of the few opportunities for dairy farmers to sell direct-to-consumers.
- More opportunities for direct-to-consumer sales can help stem the loss of dairy farms in Massachusetts.
- Many consumers want to buy raw milk, but have difficulty traveling to the farm to get it.
Read more about this bill and its benefits here
It is expected that there will be an effort to move this bill from the House Committee on Ways and Means in the near future. Please contact your State Representative and ask them to support a favorable vote from House Ways and Means.
You can find out who your State Representative is here or by calling 617.722.2000.
It would be particularly helpful if Representatives on the House Ways and Means Committee heard from their constituents. You can view a list of Committee members here.