Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)

The Department’s mission is to help keep the Massachusetts’ food supply safe and secure, and to work to keep Massachusetts agriculture economically and environmentally sound.

COVID-19: Resources for the Agricultural Community

In response to the spread of COVID-19 and the measures being taken to address it, MDAR has compiled a list of resources to keep our agricultural community informed and aware of relevant policies and best practices: COVID-19 Resources for AgricultureEarlier this summer, the department conducted a survey among farms to investigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agricultural community. This information provides a deeper understanding of the agricultural economy: COVID-19 Survey Report.

We also provide a link to our many farmstands, CSA farms, greenhouses, and farmers markets that are open for business, and making adjustments to ensure safety measures for you and their employees. Be sure to check farm websites for updated hours and options for delivery: How & Where to Buy Local.

Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program - Infrastructure grants for the food system in response to impacts of COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this program is not to buy food or employ people; it’s to provide support to fund necessary modifications to business practices created by the response to the virus.

Who we serve

We 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.

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