MAINE LAWS, REGULATIONS & PERMITS.
- List of Maine Slaughterhouses. [pdf 56k], includes Maine State, USDA and Custom houses, downloaded from the Me Dept. of Ag website, 12-Jan-2012.
- Permits required to sell products at a Maine farmers' market. A complete list of products and the permits required from the Maine Dept. of Ag.
- Sampling of Food Products at Farmers' Markets policy [pdf 46kb] from the Me Dept. of Ag, 18-Mar-2010.
- Maine Farmers' Market Law,
original 1993 version.
• The current version of this law can be found at the Maine Legislature's list of Maine statutes at http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/7/title7sec415.html . Note that the law itself does not include the related §2174 which concerns the sale and display of unpackaged baked goods at a farmers' market.
• The 2010 revision to the law is in the bill LD1586
summary , which shows the updated progress on the bill.
• The original wording of LD1586 (the bill to modify the law) when it was introduced in December, 2009, and lots of other information about the
bill can be found here .
• Draft version of new farmers' market law (pdf) as reported out of the Ag committee to the full House on 17-Feb-10.
- List of all
Maine Dept. of Ag. regulations (Feb 2010)
- A list of Maine statutes relating to selling agricultural products is available at
http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/7/title7ch101sec0.html which is at the
Maine legislature's website of Maine statutes.
- Another site which is somewhat easier to access is the Maine Department of Agriculture's site on Statutes and Rules which has links to the
same statutes, but organized a bit differently.
- For a list of printable permits go to
http://www.state.me.us/agriculture/qar/permits.html to find permits in .pdf format.
- GetRealGetMaine.com The Maine Dept
of Ag's website for promoting agricultural commodities. This is also where their list of Maine farmers' markets is maintained.
- Maine Dept. of Ag's Farm Stands & Farmers' Markets Mobile Vendor Guidelines (pdf 122k) or the same Guidelines in doc format. This document answers most
questions markets have about who needs a license to sell and who doesn't, and what various display and storage requirements are. (Feb-2010)
- Maine Dept Agriculture
- The Maine Legislature's Joint Standing
Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry , also known as ”the Ag Comittee”, is made up of
about a dozen members from the Maine House and Maine Senate. They are the folks who review/revise any Ag-based legislation before it goes to the whole
legislature. Includes contact info.
- Find your elected officials here . A good resource if you want to write to your legislator or congressperson.