BOSTON, Mass. (May 6, 2016) – Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate overwhelmingly passed an agriculture bill that would expand raw milk sales in the state. Passage of the bill into law would facilitate the process of nullifying the federal prohibition scheme in practice.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee created Senate Bill 2258 (S.2258) to incorporate several measures relating to agriculture. It replaced S.2171, which was created by a joint committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. The legislation would allow farmers to deliver raw milk to consumers through contractual arrangements.
“Licensed raw milk farmers shall be allowed to deliver raw milk directly to the consumer, off-site from the farm, provided that the raw milk farmer has a direct, contractual relationship with the consumer. The raw milk farmer may contract with a third party for delivery provided that the raw milk farmer shall maintain the contractual relationship with the consumer. The raw milk farmer may deliver raw milk through a community supported agriculture (CSA) delivery system provided that the raw milk farmer shall maintain a contractual relationship with the consumer. Delivery may be made directly to the consumer’s residence or to a pre-established receiving site; said sites shall not be in a retail setting with the exception of CSA delivery. In such instances, raw milk shall be kept separated from retail items for sale and will not be accessible to the general public.”
S.2258 would also allow farmers to sell raw milk from a farm stand even if it…