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 $490 million annually to the state’s economy, ranks 9th nationally in direct agricultural sales, and is noted for great diversity in both crops and in the nature of farming enterprises. The state has some of the best quality agricultural land in the country, with over 7600 farms on almost 520,000 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 the highest farmland value in the U.S. at $12,202 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
Notice is hereby given that the United States of America, acting through an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will sell by Sealed Bid Auction dairy equipment located in Conway, MA.
Hampden and Hampshire Counties in Massachusetts designated as primary natural disaster areas, plus Berkshire, Franklin and Worcester Counties named as contiguous counties, due to losses caused by excessive moisture and heat that occurred during the 2013 crop year.
See how the Farm Service Agency benefitted Massachusetts Agriculture last year
County Committee Election Period:
June 17, 2013 - The nomination period begins. Request nomination forms from the local USDA Service Center or obtain online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
August 1, 2013 - Last day to file nomination forms in the local USDA Service Center
December 20, 2013 - Ballots mailed to eligible voters
January 17, 2014 - Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center
February 18, 2014 - Newly elected county committee members take office
New Microloans Available!
New Microloan program offers simplified loan application process for loans up to $35,000. See News Release
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