Massachusetts Agricultural Commissions

Resources: Glossary of Terms

ACPP: Accelerated Conservation Planning Project (MDAR)

AEEP: Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (MDAR)

AFSIC: Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

AFT: American Farmland Trust

AgCom: Agricultural Commission (town/city)

AIC: Agricultural Innovation Center

ALPC: Massachusetts Agriculture and Land Preservation Trust Committee

AMA: Agricultural Management Assistance (USDA-NRCS)

AMS: USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service

APHIS: USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

APR: Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program (MDAR)

ARS: USDA-Agricultural Research Service

ATTRA: Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas

B&I: Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program (USDA-Rural Development)

BCCD: Bristol County Conservation District

Big E: Eastern States Exposition

BMP: Best Management Practice

BVW: Bordering Vegetated Wetland

CAFO: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

CC: Commonwealth Capital

CCCD: Cape Cod Conservation District

CCCGA: Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association

CISA: Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture

CRP: Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

CRP: Conservation Restriction

CSA: Community Supported Agriculture

CSP: Conservation Security Program (USDA-NRCS)

CSREES: USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service

CTA: Conservation Technical Assistance (USDA-NRCS)

DCR: Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation

DCS: Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services

DEP: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

DPH: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

ECP: Emergency Conservation Program (USDA-NRCS)

EOEA: Executive Office of Environmental Affairs

EPA: Environmental Protection Agency

EQIP: Environmental Quality Incentive Program (USDA-NRCS)

EWP: Emergency Watershed Program (USDA-NRCS)

FA: Financial Assistance

FAS: USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service

FFA: The National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America)

FMFM: Massachusetts Federation of Farmers Markets

FNS: USDA-Food and Nutrition Service

FRPP: Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program (USDA-NRCS)

FS: USDA-Forest Service

FSA: USDA-Farm Service Agency

FSIS: USDA-Food Safety Inspection Service

FSMIP: Federal State Marketing Improvement Program

FVEP: Farm Viability Enhancement Program (MDAR)

GLCI: Grazing Lands Conservation Program (USDA-NRCS)

GRP: Grassland Reserve Program (USDA-NRCS)

HACCP: Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point

ICM: Integrated Crop Management

IPM: Integrated Pest Management

MAA: Massachusetts Aquaculture Association

MACD: Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts

MARS: Massachusetts Association of Roadside Stands and Pick-Your-Own Farms

Mass Development: Massachusetts Development Finance Agency

MassWildlife: Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game

MCD: Middlesex County Conservation District

MDAR: Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

MFBF: Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation

MNLA: Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association

MSPA: Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture

NAFDMA: North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association

NAIS: National Animal Inspection System

NAL: National Agricultural Library

NASDA: National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

NASS: USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service

NESAWG: Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

NESFI: New England Small Farm Institute

NOFA: Northeast Organize Farming Association

NRAC: USDA-Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center

NRCS: USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service

OCD: Office of Commonwealth Capital

PCCD: Plymouth County Conservation District

RBEG: Rural Business Enterprise Grant (USDA-RD)

RC&D: Resource Conservation & Development (USDA-NRCS)

RD: USDA-Rural Development

RDC: Massachusetts Rural Development Council

RMA: USDA-Risk Management Agency

SARE: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (USDA-CSREES)

SEMAC: Southeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center

SEMAP: Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership

TA: Technical Assistance

TTOR: The Trustees of Reservations

Umass: University of Massachusetts

USDA: United States Department of Agriculture

USFWS: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

VAPG: Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)

WHIP: Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (USDA-NRCS)

WMCSA: Western Massachusetts Center for Sustainable Aquaculture

WRP: Wetlands Reserve Program (USDA-NRCS)



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