PFAS Maine Farmer Information and Support

The chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been widely used since the 1950’s in products ranging from food packaging to fire fighting. They have recently emerged as contaminants in agriculture and are believed to largely be entering soil through the application of biosolids, industrial sludges and ashes, which may contain these compounds that are difficult to break down. Biosolids are not permitted in organic production, but these substances are persistent in the environment, so this resource has been created to help farmers learn more and navigate resources to help answer questions.

Points of Contact for More Information

Nancy McBrady -Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry- [email protected] 

Tim Drake- Maine Milk Commission- Contact Information 

Maine PFAS Information

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry PFOs site

DEP Information on PFAS

Interactive Map of PFAS Testing Sites in Maine

Maine sludge and bioash spreading information  *Note that this is an Excel spreadsheet, and needs to be downloaded to view*

Maine 2020 PFAS Taskforce Report 

Town of Fairfield PFAS Info

PFAS Presentations From 2020 Ag Trades Show:

https://www.maine.gov/dacf/ag/pfas/docs/dep-ats-pfaspresentation-011420.pdf

https://www.maine.gov/dacf/ag/pfas/docs/cdc-ats-pfas-01142020.pdf

https://www.maine.gov/dacf/ag/pfas/docs/dacf-ats-pfaspresentation-011420.pdf

Financial Resources Available

Maine Emergency Management Agency

Maine PFAS Emergency Relief Fund this fund is administered by MOFGA and MFT in cooperation with MDACF to award farmers funding to cover PFAS testing. Currently, farms with food deemed adulterated by PFAS are eligible for the relief fund by referral from DACF and the funding is limited to covering monthly milk tests that allow farmers to access the USDA’s Dairy Indemnification Payment Program (DIPP), which compensates farmers for the value of their milk they would otherwise sell commercially but for contamination.

Current Lab Testing Facilities 

Alpha Analytical 72 Center Street Brewer, ME 04401 Contact: Steve Knollmeyer (603)498-7213 [email protected]

Battelle 141 Longwater Drive, Suite 202Norwell, MA 02061 Contact: Jonathan Thorn (781)681-5565 [email protected]

Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental 2425 New Holland Pike  Lancaster, PA 17601  Contact: Jane Huber (717)209-1438 [email protected]

TestAmerica Laboratories 880 Riverside Parkway West Sacramento, CA 95605 Contact: Debby Wilson (949)237-0603 [email protected]

Vista Analytical 1104 Windfield Way El Dorado Hills, CA  95762 Contact:  Jennifer Christmann (916) 673-1520 [email protected]

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Maine Agricultural Mediation Program

FarmAid Farmer Resources Guides

UMaine AgriAbility Resources

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Take Action

Visit our Take Action page to learn more about current PFAS legislative efforts.

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