Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

Consumer: Dairy/Poultry/Produce

D11 Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-626-1700
Fax: 617-626-1850

Formerly the Department of Food and Agriculture, the mission of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is to support, promote and enhance the long term viability of Massachusetts agriculture with the aim of helping this state's agricultural businesses become as economically and environmentally sound as possible. By so doing it is hoped that farmers will continue to support and maintain thousands of acres of valuable open space for the benefit of the state's economy and environment. The department is a regulatory agency whose purpose is to ensure the quality of certain agricultural products and to prevent disease through inspection and enforcement. Through its agricultural programs, the department serves as a promotional agent for Massachusetts-grown products by supporting farmers' markets and by matching funds for the promotion of agricultural commodity groups. It is comprised of the Divisions of Agricultural Development, Animal Health and Dairy Services, and Regulatory Services which oversee the following offerings and programs: Farm & Market Report; MassGrown products; Animal Health; Dairy; Farm Product & Plant Industry; Land Use; Marketing; Pesticide; Technical Assistance & Resource as well as information on agricultural fairs held within Massachusetts. A complete listing is available from their website

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