LD 1765 Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 348: Poultry Slaughter and Processing with Grower/Producer Exemption
PUBLIC HEARING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 1:00PM 206 CROSS BUILDING, STATE HOUSE STATION, AUGUSTA
WORK SESSION FRIDAY, MARCH 5 1:00PM 206 CROSS BUILDING, STATE HOUSE STATION, AUGUSTA
Last June, Maine enacted a 1,000 bird poultry exemption. The exemption allows farmers who raise and slaughter poultry on their farm to sell the poultry at farmers’ markets, directly from their farms or through Community Support Agriculture (CSA) shares without a state-inspected facility. The exemption does not include sales to supermarkets, restaurants, or any other institutions. It is a law that promotes and supports the growth of small scale farming across the state. The new law required the Quality Assurance and Regulation (QAR) division of the Maine Department of Agriculture to write regulations that would “establish requirements for the physical facilities and sanitary processes used by poultry producers whose products are exempt from inspection.”
At a public hearing in December, the QAR heard much opposition to their draft rules, mostly on the grounds that the rules are unnecessary and burdensome to small-scale producers who would be required to build a new facility to process less than 1,000 birds per year. Learn more here.