Maine Legislature Adopts Healthy Soils Program

With broad bipartisan support, Maine’s legislature passed An Act To Establish the Maine Healthy Soils Program, reports the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). This legislation creates a one-stop-shop in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for farmers seeking healthy soils information, technical support and funding opportunities to implement best practices for improving soil health. Maine joins 14 other states that have adopted healthy soils programs. “I’m proud of our state for recognizing the important role our farmers play in protecting one of our most valuable resources: the soil that nourishes us,” said bill sponsor Sen. Stacy Brenner, who also serves as board president of MOFGA. “Once Governor Mills signs this into law, and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry sets up the program, all farmers in Maine will benefit from this investment in our future.”