The election on November 2nd is almost here, and your voice matters. Question 1 may have received most of the attention, but here at the Maine Farm Bureau we think that Question 3 is even more important for Maine farmers and every Mainer who eats food! The so-called “Right to Food” amendment sounds appetizing, but its vague… Read more >
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NEW LAWS FOR 2021 MAINE FARM BUREAU REQUESTED LEGISLATION BECOMES LAW An Act Regarding the Production and Sale of Birch Syrup and Birch Syrup Products On May 5, 2021, Governor Mills signed into law legislation that allows birch syrup to be sold commercially in Maine. Young Farmer Committee member Max Couture brought this idea forward… Read more >
AG LABOR BILLS SCHEDULED FOR HEARING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7TH The Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing will hold public hearings on two bills that would:FORCE FARMS TO PAY OVERTIME AND ELIMINATE ABILITY TO PAY PIECE RATE (LD 1022 An Act To Make Agricultural Workers and Other Workers Employees under the Wage and Hour Laws)… Read more >
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REVIEW 1,812 BILL TITLES Clark Granger, BOD Vice President and Legislative Committee Chair and Julie Ann Smith, Executive Director, spent the last week reviewing the 1,812 bill titles recently published. Over 300 bill titles have been identified as potentially impacting Maine agriculture. While the language for most of the… Read more >
Our Executive Director, Julie Ann Smith, joined the George Hale Ric Tyler Show on Thursday, July 11 to discuss the upcoming work of the 14-member Task Force on All-Terrain Vehicle Trail Initiatives.
This letter to the editor appeared in the Bangor Daily News. This session, the Maine Farm Bureau worked closely with Rep. MaryAnne Kinney on my behalf to pass LD 86, “An Act To Provide That Persons Who Produce Maple Syrup and Honey Commercially Are Eligible for the Sales Tax Refund and Exemption for Commercial Agricultural Production.”… Read more >
AUGUSTA, Maine — Picture this — you’re shopping for dinner at your favorite grocery store. You walk down the chilly meat aisle for a local steak, and you’re faced with a decision to choose between one of two beef options: one is $10, the other is $20, and they’re both labeled with a “Maine-raised”… Read more >