The Worcester County League News headline is really embarrassing and unintentionally misleading. I had a strong and committed team at the Department of Food and Agriculture who made this happen. Most notably were General Counsel Tara Zadeh, Assistant Commissioner Charlie Costa, and Director of Markets, Jim Hines.
Other key players included the Massachusetts Farm Bureau (Jay Slattery, John Bragg, Pam Comstock), The Massachusetts Association of Dairy Farmers, The Berkshires Natural Resources Council and the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office (Eric Smith).
Massachusetts legislators who lent strong support for the initiative included Rep. Jay Healy (who would follow me as Commissioner); Rep. Daniel Bosley; Sen. Mary Padula; Rep. Charles Decas; and Rep. Stephen Angelo, chair of the Natural Resources Committee,