Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Environment/Energy: Agriculture

G2 Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114-2104
Tel: 617-626-1700
Fax: 617-626-1850

Formerly the Department of Food and Agriculture, this office is a regulatory agency whose purpose is to ensure the quality of certain agricultural products and to prevent disease through the inspection of poultry and livestock and through the control of plant pests and diseases. It also inspects all dairy farms which produce fluid milk for sale in the state. The department, through its agricultural development programs, serves as a promotional agent for Massachusetts-grown products, encouraging their sale at farmer's markets, agricultural fairs, roadside stands, and supermarkets, and matching funds for promotion of agricultural commodity groups. . In addition, the department maintains an Encephalitis and Rabies Control Program.

Note: the Lancaster office has closed; additionally, there may be fluctuations in the availability of Special Programs locations and hours. Calling ahead is recommended.

Additional agricultural information available from the UMass Extension Service, see H2.

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