May 10, 2018. WASHINGTON—U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Angus King (I-Maine), today introduced the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act. The bipartisan bill would allow meat and poultry products inspected by state Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs to be sold across state lines. Currently, there are 27 states with inspection programs, certified by… Read more >
The findings in this report pertain to Maine as much as any other state. Below is an excerpt from the introduction. Rural America includes 72% of the nation’s land and 46 million people. Rural areas encompass regions that focus on agricultural production as well as places where work is more often found in industries such… Read more >
County Farm Bureaus from across the state are meeting with their legislators to discuss the issues and opportunities that current and future bills can provide Maine agriculture.
Julie A. Smith has been named the new executive director of the Maine Farm Bureau Association. Smith will take over for current executive director Dr. Alicyn Smart, who is leaving Farm Bureau to accept a position as assistant professor and assistant plant pathologist at the University of Maine, Orono. A Maine native currently residing in… Read more >
American well-being is tied to the economic survival of rural America. More than 46 million people – about 15 percent of the U.S. population – live in rural America. They provide the food and fiber that feeds and clothes the nation, and much of the world. Despite its importance, the rural American economy has suffered,… Read more >
It took five years, but the vision of one Farm Bureau member has now resulted in potential savings for farmers all over the state. In 2011, Maine Farm Bureau member Melvin Williams proposed a resolution at his county annual meeting that farmers receive a sales tax exemption for off-road diesel fuel. The others at the… Read more >
This Legislative session Maine Farm Bureau and the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine sponsored LD 1481. The bill is currently being discussed in both bodies of Legislature as the session nears its end. For more information regarding the bill and the impact it would have after becoming law, please review the article in the Portland… Read more >
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