Farm Service Agency

Massachusetts FSA is proud to continue its strong tradition of customer-based service to Massachusetts farmers and producers. The staff in the seven county offices is committed to securing the highest possible financial assistance from USDA programs through accurate, timely and efficient program delivery. Click HERE to visit the FSA Massachusetts website and learn more about their programs and services.

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 farmers, 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.

Get Started with FSA

1. Contact FSA

Contact your local FSA County Office to schedule an appointment.

For residents of Hampden & Hampshire counties, the FSA number is: (413) 585-1000 ext. 2

For residents of Franklin County, the FSA number is: (413) 223-9277

2. Bring Documents

During your first visit, be sure to bring:

  • Proof of identity (driver’s license, social security card, Internal Revenue Service Employer identification number)
  • Proof of farm/ranch ownership (copy of recorded deed)
  • Leases
  • Entity Identification Status (articles of incorporation, trust & estate documents, partnership agreement)

3. Consult with FSA

FSA will meet with you, review your documents, and register your farm with FSA, which allows you to apply for programs. FSA will discuss what programs and loans can help you to accomplish your goals. Once registered, you also will receive monthly newsletters (if desired), have access to various resources and be eligible to vote in FSA County Committee elections.

4. Apply

After FSA determines your eligibility to participate in FSA programs, they will walk you through the application process! You are on your way to receiving financial and technical assistance through the USDA!