We can only combat hunger and climate change if the food we sell is more affordable than what is imported from other states and countries.
Farmers are already struggling with the challenges of the weather this year, lack of labor, and PFAS.
46 states have a minimum wage that is lower than Maine.
Farming is not like other industries, and regulations need to reflect the unique challenges of agriculture like weather, lack of control of pricing, and not receiving payment for products for months after harvest.
Increasing the agricultural minimum wage in Maine will increase H2A rates for next year.
Labor accounts for over 23% of the average Maine farm’s total farm production expenses. The US average is only 10%.
Maine does not have a youth wage, so all minors would have to be paid the state minimum wage.