As directed by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry of the 120th Maine Legislature, this paper constructs and quantifies a model of the Maine Food System and estimates the impacts from increasing Maine household expenditures for Maine food products. It also discusses the challenges inherent in three alternative strategies to increase Maine farm vitality.
The goal of this study is to assess the institutional demand for regionally grown ground beef; analyze the logistics and infrastructure required to support such demand; and if feasible, propose a model that could be replicated amongst the New England states to source, process, market and distribute regionally grown ground beef to institutions.
This publication was developed in the hopes of being helpful to as many people as possible. It draws from many of the approaches and tools already employed in the state, as well as tools from other states that are applicable to Maine. It does not need to be read cover-to-cover in order to be useful. Readers can choose their area of interest and glean as much information as they want.
A model ordinance to protect the health and integrity of the local food system.
At the meeting of the New England Governors Conference (NEGC) in Bar Harbor ME on September 16, 2008, the six New England Governors established a blue-ribbon commission, charging it to assess land conservation in the region and recommend needed initiatives to advance regional landscape conservation.
The purpose of this study is to examine the structure and operation of farmers’ markets in the United States, giving special attention to the legal and regulatory issues that may shape their operation. By looking at the rules and regulations markets use and by considering issues markets experience, it is possible to identify the most important challenges vendors and managers of markets may face. It is also possible to make some common sense suggestions on how markets can best address and resolve issues while maintaining their friendly and relatively informal nature.
This paper explores why agriculture and food system policy needs to pay more attention to regions. Regionalism, which urges a move from sector-based to place-based policymaking, has emerged as a powerful principle in public policy. Applied to agriculture and food policy, it acknowledges the regional diversity of the U.S. farm and food system and enables important differences between regions to be articulated and addressed more explicitly in the policy making
Conservation easements are coming under increased scrutiny from Congress and the Internal Revenue Service. Pressure is intensifying on easement holders to guarantee monitoring and enforcement of easements in perpetuity.
The purpose of this guide is to assist New England farmers with “the complex interpersonal, legal and financial considerations that can constrain or derail a farm transfer and jeopardize a farm’s future viability. The guide offers a variety of perspectives and strategies, includes worksheets to help users think through critical issues, and identifies sources of more technical information.”
The report assesses the easement stewardship practices of large, staffed land trusts in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont as well as the practices of all-volunteer land trusts and public agencies. In total, 15 land trusts were surveyed as well as the public easement-holding agency in each state. The 15 land trusts represent just 8 percent of the 119 land trusts that operate in the three states.
Purchase of development rights (PDR) programs enjoy public as well as farmer support. PDR refers to a land use control initiative that intends to limit the use of agricultural land to farm production by making it unavailable for development. Public support for PDR is explained by the efforts of non-farm residents to preserve the rural atmosphere of the area. Farmer support, on the other hand, is dictated by market forces, such that growth in the number of farms increases farmer support of PDR.
This Maine growth management statute encourages orderly growth and development in appropriate areas of each community and region while protecting the State's rural character, making efficient use of public services and preventing development sprawl.