About the Agricultural Commission

The Agricultural Commission’s purpose is to support commercial agriculture and other farming activities in the Town of Amherst. The Commission’s duties include:
  • Promoting agricultural-based economic opportunities
  • Acting as mediators, advocates, educators, and/or negotiators on farming issues
  • Working for the preservation of agricultural lands
  • Pursuing all initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community
  • Reviewing and advising on development proposed in farmland areas, as may be permitted under zoning and other development regulations
The Agricultural Commission advises the following Boards and Commissions:
  • Town Meetings
  • Select Board
  • Planning Board
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Conservation Commission
  • Board of Health
  • Historical Commission
  • Board of Assessors
  • Open Space Committee