Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is a department that sits within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in state government.

MDAR-logo-10-CMYKMDAR offers assistance in many different ways and through many programs. MFGA has a close working relationship with MDAR on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues that affect this industry.

Nursery Certification

If you will be selling nursery stock, you must get an Agent Certification from MDAR and pay and annual fee of $75.00.

Nursery Inspections

MDAR’s Division of Crop and Pest Services oversees the state’s nursery inspection program. This service helps prevent and minimize the impacts of pests entering the state.

Pesticides Program

This Division also oversees the Pesticide Program. There are many regulations that relate to our industry. Consult MDAR before you take any action or use any product that you do not have experience with. The laws and regulations are conveniently posted on MDAR’s “pesticides” website.

In conjunction with MDAR, the Flower Growers’ Association provides workshops and other training opportunities to help growers maintain their licenses and to educate them on changes in requirements or processes. MDAR also provides training. You will find notices in MFGA newsletters, MDAR newsletters and event notices.

Contact information

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500, Boston, Ma. 02114
617.626.1720 Fax: 617.626.1850

John Lebeaux, Commissioner of Agriculture • 617.626.1701

Mary Jordan, Director of Agricultural Markets • 617.626.1750

Rick LeBlanc, Ag-tourism, MassGrown website • 617.626.1759

Bonita Oehlke, Food Policy, Food Safety, Value Added • 617.626.1753

David Webber, Farmers’ Markets • 617.626.1754

Michael Botelho, Commonwealth Quality • 617.626.1721

Gerard Kennedy, Director, Conservation & Technical Assistance • 617.626.1773

Ron Hall, APR Program • 617.626.1704

Laura Maul, Ag Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP) • 617.626.1739

Gerry Palano, Alternative Energy Specialist • 617.626.1706

Craig Richov, Farm Viability • 617.626.1725

Lee Corte-Real, Director of Crop & Pest Services (Pesticide Office) • 617.626.1776

Phyllis Micalewich, Nursery • 617.626.1801