Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

Consumer: Dairy/Poultry/Produce

D9 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
www.mass.gov/agr

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (MDAR) mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions – Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop and Pest Services – MDAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture’s role in energy conservation and production. MDAR also inspects all dairy farms, which produce fluid milk for sale in the state. The following boards, commissions and divisions are: Agricultural Lands Preservation Committee; Board of Food and Agriculture; Farm Technology Review Commission; Pesticide Board; Dairy Promotion Board; State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board; Division of Animal Health; Division of Crop and Pest Services and the Division of Agricultural Conservation and Technical Assistance, Massachusetts Food Policy Council, Public Market Commission and the Small Farm Demonstration and Training Center Review Board. Additional agricultural information available from the UMass Extension Service. Their regional office, located in Amherst, is open by appointment only, tel: 413-548-1900.


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