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 02114-2104-2151
Tel: 617-626-1700
Fax: 617-626-1850
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:45-5:00

The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture 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. In addition, the department maintains the Rabies Control Program and the following boards, commissions and divisions: Agricultural Lands Preservation Committee; Board of Agriculture; Farm Technology Review Commission; Pesticide Board; Dairy Promotion Board; State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board; Division of Agricultural Markets; Division of Animal Health; Division of Crop and Pest Services and the Division of Agricultural Conservation and Technical Assistance. Additional agricultural information available from the UMass Extension Service, see H2 for further information. Their regional office located in Amherst is open by appointment only, tel: 413-548-1900.

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