Maine

In Maine, 15% of produce farms have $50,000 or more in annual revenue. The leading crop grown is potatoes, followed by blueberries, apples, sweet corn, and pumpkins. ME growers have access to federal produce safety voluntary audits through the USDA audit programs (GAPs, HGAP, and HGAP+). Search USDA Certified Farms.

Key Farm Facts for Maine

2,597
Fruit and vegetable farms in the state
$38 million
Value of agricultural products sold direct to consumer*
$75 million
Value of agricultural products sold to retail markets*

Leading Crops Grown in Maine

Produce Farms by Acreage in Maine

Maine Contacts

State Produce Safety Rule Inspection
No State Audit Program
USDA GAP, HGAP, HGAP+ Audit Programs

Maine: What is Required for Audits and Inspections in this State?

Need more information? Go to the Produce Safety Rule Plain Language overview.

Issuing a Certificate: Will a grower receive a certificate following an audit or inspection?
Produce Safety Rule:
NO
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
YES mail or scan/ send/ website
Required On-Farm Verification: How often are the audit or inspection produce safety practices verified?
Produce Safety Rule:
Periodic inspection with annual max frequency
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Annual Audit
Written Food Safety Plan: Does an audit or inspection require a written farm food safety plan?
Produce Safety Rule:
Not required
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Required
Crop Coverage: What crops are covered by, or subject to, the requirements outlined in an audit or inspection?
Produce Safety Rule:
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Crop Specific
Completion Requirement: What score is needed to demonstrate that a farm meets the requirements of an audit or inspection?
Produce Safety Rule:
No scoring--work over time to meet requirements
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Each major section must have a minimum score of 80%
Worker Training: What does an audit or inspection require for worker training?
Produce Safety Rule:
Job Specific Annual Training Record with topics covered
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Job Specific Annual Training Record with topics covered
Manure Management: What does an audit or inspection require when using manure?
Produce Safety Rule:
Policy, record/ Under review
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Policy, Record
Animal (Wildlife and Domestic): What does an audit or inspection require for managing animal contamination?
Produce Safety Rule:
Assessment of relevant areas for evidence of animal contamination and, if found, what actions will be taken to ensure contaminated produce is not harvested.
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Monitors growing areas for animal activity and takes action to prevent or minimize animal contamination. Policy, Record
Agricultural Water: What does an audit or inspection require when using water that touches the crop before it is harvested?
Produce Safety Rule:
Under review
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Record, 1x wells/3x surface testing annually
Post-Harvest Water Source: What does an audit or inspection require for post-harvest water sources?
Produce Safety Rule:
Under review
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Record, 1x well testing annually
Post-Harvest Water Use: What does an audit or inspection require of Post-Harvest Water?
Produce Safety Rule:
Under review
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Recirculated water requires sanitizer use/record
Cleaning and Sanitation: What does an audit or inspection require for cleaning and sanitizing equipment, tools, and other surfaces?
Produce Safety Rule:
Record
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Plan, Record
Cold Storage Management: What does an audit or inspection require when using cold storage for produce?
Produce Safety Rule:
None Required
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Policy, Temperature Record
Traceability/Recall Plan: What does an audit or inspection require to trace produce back in the event of a recall?
Produce Safety Rule:
None required
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Policy, Record
Mock Recall: What does an audit or inspection require for a mock recall?
Produce Safety Rule:
None required
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Record