Below is a list of documents that may assist farmers. Please note some documents are reserved for MFBF members only as a perk of being a member. Please join here if you wish to access those documents.
The Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program is a voluntary program which is intended to offer a non-development alternative to farmers and other owners of "prime" and "state important" agricultural land who are faced with a decision regarding future use of their farms. MFBF conducted a survey of APR landowners to provide an objective analysis of APR owners experiences and perceptions of the administration of the program.
Click here to read the survey results.
Chapter 61 is a voluntary current use program designed by the Massachusetts Legislature to tax real property in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at its timber resources value rather than its highest and best use value.
Farm plates are issued to allow the farmer to operate farm equipment on the roads, while moving the equipment from one part of the farm to another.
- Click here for information on over-weight permits and Massachusetts Farm Plates.
The following pages require a membership in MFBF:
MA Farm Plate Application (PDF) *MFBF Membership Required
FMCSA – ELD/DOT PowerPoint Presentation (PDF) *MFBF Membership Required
Slow Moving Vehicles (PDF) *MFBF Membership Required
Farm Plate Guide (PDF) *MFBF Membership Required
Using MA Farm Plates in Maine *MFBF Membership Required
Farm Plates 101 presentation January 2024 *MFBF Membership Required
Beginning in the early 2000s, local agriculture began to grow in popularity both in Massachusetts and elsewhere. The interest in the “Buy Local” movement has spurred an increase in the number of farmers markets, commercial farms and backyard “hobby farms.” Massachusetts has seen an approximately 30% increase in the number of farms, many of them small-scale and farmed by folks who are new to agriculture. Many existing farms expanded. Many more homeowners took up gardening and keeping backyard chickens and other livestock. This phenomenon has led to livestock, or greater numbers of livestock, in suburban and other areas where they were previously uncommon. One of the results has been that Boards of Health (BOHs) have increasingly been faced with conflicts and issues with livestock – sometimes with farms, other times with non-commercial “backyard” operations.
General farm information that can help most farmers.
- Click here for download information on Right To Farm (PDF).
- Click here for the MA Best Management Practices Guides.
- Click here for information on how to determine the right farm rental rate (PDF)
- Click here for information on the UMass Soil Testing program.
- Click here for Farmers Grace.
- Click here for information on farming in the wetlands (PDF). *MFBF membership required
- Click here for information on the 2023 Chaper Land Vaules (PDF).
Massachusetts Laws for the Equine Industry
Click here for information. *MFBF Membership Required
Tables for tax rates released by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
- Animal Excise Tax Values – FY2023 (PDF)
- Farmland Crop Development FY2023 (PDF)
- Excise & Sales Tax Guide For Farmers (PDF) *MFBF Membership Required
- Application for Excise on Farm Animals, Machinery & Equipment (PDF) *MFBF Membership Required