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    The Department works with growers and food processors to help them develop domestic and international markets through counseling, technical assistance, and referrals. As a part of this process, the Department coordinates market research and promotion efforts with other governmental agencies and an extensive group of agricultural trade officers abroad. Offerings include the Market Access Program, which allows producers to offset promotional costs in export markets by 50 percent.

    In addition, MDAR offers other publications regarding various aspects of exporting for producers.

Accepting Applications for the 2017 “Branded Program” to offset export development costs

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources,  in collaboration with Food Export Northeast, offers the Branded Program , a cost-share funding program that supports the promotion of branded and private label food and agricultural products in foreign markets.  Participant companies receive 50% cost reimbursement for a wide variety of eligible international marketing and promotional activities.

Your first step, if you're interested in applying, is to officially determine if your company is eligible. Your products must be at least 50% US ingredients, excluding packaging and water.  Complete the Pre-Qualification Worksheet. Please register as a first time user or log in, and you can fill the application online. A $250 application fee payable is due with the application.

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has directly supported INTERNATIONAL market development of the state’s fish and shellfish businesses since 2004, accessing funds from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. The Massachusetts seafood industry, with harvests of lobster, scallops, squid, monkfish, dogfish, skate, scup, and other products already depend on foreign markets for the distribution of large harvests. For more information on the seafood program.

Massachusetts food, seafood and ag businesses receive some $800,000 in cost share benefits for export market development. Close to one-third of the allocations from the Branded Program are awarded to fish and shellfish businesses.