Maine Farmland Protection Program

To protect currently active and potentially productive farmland as a means to sustaining economically viable agricultural communities.

The Program assists:

  • Farmland owners with enrolling in Maine’s farmland property tax program.
  • Farmland owners with information on how to permanently protect their farmland.
  • Farmland owners and land trusts with technical assistance to apply to the Land for Maine’s Future Program & the USDA Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.
  • Farm owners with business planning and investment support grants through the Farms for the Future Program.
  • Towns, land trusts, legislators and community leaders with planning and policy guidance for the promotion of agricultural businesses and the protection of farmlands.

Program Goal

  • To protect 250,000 acres of Maine’s 1.6 M acres of currently active farmland by 2025.
    Program Accomplishments as of July 2009:
  • Over 18,000 acres of working farm and forest land have been protected for 7 years through the Maine Farms for the Future Program.
  • 97,000 acres of active farmland and 113,000 acres of farm woodlots are enrolled in Maine’s farmland property tax program.
  • 30 farms have received public and private funds for development rights and granted permanent agricultural conservation easements on a total 8,025 acres of farmland in 10 counties.
  • More than 200 landowners have donated permanent conservation easements on nearly 25,000 acres of farmland in all of Maine’s counties.

Contact Maine Farmland Protection Program

Stephanie Gilbert
Farmland Protection Specialist
Maine Department of Agriculture Food, and Rural Resources
28 State House Station
Augusta, Maine  04333
Phone: 207-287-7520


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Maine

Office Locaters

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Related Success Stories for Maine Farmland Protection Program

Hudson Valley Farmland Protection Project
Scenic Hudson has protected more than 4,800 acres of Hudson Valley farmland through partnerships with willing farm owners and multiple governmental and private funding sources.

Wet Mountain Valley
The Trust for Public Land is involved in an initiative to acquire conservation easements in the Wet Mountain Valley in Colorado.