Maine Farmland Protection Program Updated:08/2022

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

REMINDER: This listing is a free service of MaineLandCAN.
Maine Farmland Protection Program is not employed by or affiliated with the Maine Land Conservation Assistance Network, and the Network does not certify or guarantee their services. The reader must perform their own due diligence and use their own judgment in the selection of any professional.


Contact Maine Farmland Protection Program

28 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333
Phone: (207) 592-0640

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Maine