Farmland Tenure Online Resources Guide
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Massachusetts

Financing

Criteria for Agriculture Grants
Created By: The Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture
Description: This resource discusses the availability of grants to promote economically and environmentally sound agriculture in Massachusetts.
Farm Viability Enhancement Program
Created By: Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Description: This link discusses the Farm Viability Enhancement Program, which seeks to improve the economic viability and environmental integrity of participating farms through the development and implementation of farm viability plans.
General Laws for Massachusetts Agriculture
Created By: The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Description: This website provides users with a directory for where to seek out the state statutes governing agricultural policy. There are also resources for new and veteran farmers on issues such as how to access land, farm business planning, financing options for beginning a farm, information on taxes and crop insurance and regulations concerning water and pesticide use.
Massachusetts Agricultural Grants & Loans
Created By: Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Description: This resource describes the different types of funding that the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs makes available to support agricultural operations.

Insurance

Crop Insurance Companies from the Massachusetts Risk Management Agency
Created By: United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency
Description: This website provides users with a list of companies that offer crop insurance coverage in Massachusetts.
General Laws for Massachusetts Agriculture
Created By: The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Description: This website provides users with a directory for where to seek out the state statutes governing agricultural policy. There are also resources for new and veteran farmers on issues such as how to access land, farm business planning, financing options for beginning a farm, information on taxes and crop insurance and regulations concerning water and pesticide use.

Land Acquisition

Agriculture & Forest Tax Benefits
Created By: Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
Description: This link allows Massachusetts residents to learn about current tax programs and conservation easements.
General Laws for Massachusetts Agriculture
Created By: The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Description: This website provides users with a directory for where to seek out the state statutes governing agricultural policy. There are also resources for new and veteran farmers on issues such as how to access land, farm business planning, financing options for beginning a farm, information on taxes and crop insurance and regulations concerning water and pesticide use.
The Massachusetts Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program (APR)
Created By: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Description: This page describes how the voluntary Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program works to offer farmers a non-development alternative when facing the future use and disposition of their farms. The program pays farmland owners the difference between the fair market value and the agricultural value of their land in exchange for a deed restriction intended to preserve the land's agricultural viability.

State Statutes

General Laws for Massachusetts Agriculture
Created By: The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Description: This website provides users with a directory for where to seek out the state statutes governing agricultural policy. There are also resources for new and veteran farmers on issues such as how to access land, farm business planning, financing options for beginning a farm, information on taxes and crop insurance and regulations concerning water and pesticide use.
Massachusetts State Legislature Statutes
Created By: the Massachusetts State Legislature
Description: This website allows users to access any of Massachusetts’s state statutes. The site is keyword searchable. Part I, Title IX, Chapter 61a concerns the tax assessment of agricultural and horticulture lands. Title XIX concerns agriculture and conservation.

Taxation

Agriculture & Forest Tax Benefits
Created By: Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
Description: This link allows Massachusetts residents to learn about current tax programs and conservation easements.
General Laws for Massachusetts Agriculture
Created By: The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Description: This website provides users with a directory for where to seek out the state statutes governing agricultural policy. There are also resources for new and veteran farmers on issues such as how to access land, farm business planning, financing options for beginning a farm, information on taxes and crop insurance and regulations concerning water and pesticide use.
Massachusetts State Legislature Statutes
Created By: the Massachusetts State Legislature
Description: This website allows users to access any of Massachusetts’s state statutes. The site is keyword searchable. Part I, Title IX, Chapter 61a concerns the tax assessment of agricultural and horticulture lands. Title XIX concerns agriculture and conservation.
Preserving Agricultural Land and Farming Opportunities
Created By: the State of Massachusetts
Description: This link provides information regarding tax breaks on agricultural lands and policies that will help residents understand their rights as farmers and the options they have available.

Urban Agriculture

City of Boston Urban Agriculture
Created By: City of Boston
Description: This site seeks to promote urban agriculture in Boston and provides proposed zoning regulations that would permit urban agriculture. Users may view the proposed regulations and provide feedback.
Massachusetts Urban Farming Network
Created By: Massachusetts Urban Farming Network
Description: The Massachusetts Urban Farming Network’s mission is to provide just-harvested, organic produce to local residents that is accessible, affordable, and abundant. This site encourages Massachusetts residents to create their own micro-businesses through urban agriculture. The organization provides start up capital, seasonal maintenance and guidance about which crops to grow.
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