We’re the statewide organization representing the interests and concerns of Maine’s grocery and food producer industry.

Government relations is a key membership benefit and we’re engaged 12-months a year in legislative, regulatory and policy matters impacting our members.

We are actively monitoring and engaging in new and carry over legislation. Be part of the discussion, weekly, or just listen in: Email Us for the dial-in details!

We thank you for engaging with your State Representatives and Senators.

 

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Thursday, May 24th
MGFPA Free Meet & Greet
5 – 7pm
Bow Street Beverage
Portland, ME

Tuesday, June 12th
MGFPA Free Meet & Greet
5pm – 7pm
State of Maine Cheese Co.
Rockport, ME

SAVE THE DATE
Annual Golf Tournament

August 21st
Martindale Country Club
Auburn, ME
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For more information, please call the office at 622.4461 or send an email to info@mgfpa.org.

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House Agriculture Committee Chairman Introduces Farm Bill

On Thursday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway (R-TX) introduced the long-awaited Farm Bill that includes reauthorization of SNAP.  FMI has worked with the committee over the past several months on retailer provisions in the bill.  FMI successfully got language included in the base bill that would prohibit state contractors from charging retailers any processing fees.  This would create a permanent fix to the temporary one included in the recently passed omnibus.  In addition to the fees language, FMI was able to get retailer store-level redemption data privacy provisions also included in the bill.  The privacy protections are included in the requirement for the USDA Secretary to gather SNAP sales data and provide a bi-annual aggregated report to Congress on what is being purchased with benefits.

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