Welcome to the Massachusetts Farm Service Agency
Jonathan D. Niedzielski, State Executive Director
Massachusetts State Farm Service Agency
445 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Massachusetts FSA is proud to continue its strong tradition of customer-based service to Massachusetts farmers and producers. The staff in our seven county offices is committed to securing the highest possible financial assistance from USDA programs through accurate, timely and efficient program delivery. This website can help you learn more about our programs and point you toward your local office so that you can speak directly with staff on how we can be of service.
FSA programs include:
• Commodity price supports
• Disaster and emergency relief
• Conservation and environmental programs
• Farm emergency, ownership, and operating loans – including our new Microloan program which aims to assist small famers, veterans, and disadvantaged producers
Massachusetts agriculture contributes over $492 million annually to the state’s economy, ranks 5th nationally in direct market sales, and first in the percentage of farms practicing Community Supported Agriculture. Noted for great diversity in both crops and in the nature of farming enterprises, our state has some of the best quality agricultural land in the country with 7,755 farms on over 523,000 total acres. 80% of our farms are family-owned, 95% qualify as "small farms" (under $250,000 in sales), and more new farms are beginning operations each year. Challenges for farmers include high input costs and contending with one of the highest farmland values in the U.S. at $10,600 per acre.
I encourage you to search the numerous links we have on our website and hope you will revisit us from time to time as we will be adding new sources of information when available. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.
State Executive Director
Massachusetts State Committee:
James Larkin, Chair
Donald Leab, Member
Adrienne Mollor, Member
H. Michael Smolak, Jr., Member
Shelley Szawlowski-Smiarowski, Member
Launching the Celebration – 30 Years of Conservation
2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Conservation Reserve program (CRP) and in recognition of this milestone; FSA has launched a commemorative website. The web address is www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30
. We hope you’ll visit the site often to take an interactive, cross-country tour and see the nationwide impact of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) unfold virtually over the next several months.
USDA Unveils New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs - USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit
2015 Massachusetts Accomplishments Report
– See how the Farm Service Agency benefitted Massachusetts Agriculture last year
USDA's Farm Service Agency makes and guarantees loans to eligible farmers to buy and operate family sized farms through the Land Contract (LC) Guarantee Program