On July 1, the town of Bingham, ME passed the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance (LFCSGO) by a vote of 59-8, making it the sixteenth Maine town to adopt the ordinance.
Under this sovereignty ordinance, local farmers and producers can sell their products direct to consumers without state inspection or licensing. The Maine legislature came close to passing LFCSGO statewide with Bill 925, “An Act To Promote Small Diversified Farms and Small Food Producers” – but it was voted down by a joint appropriations committee after the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry claimed the bill would cost $40,000 in licensing revenue over the next 2 years (Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund).
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