Sen. Dill re-appointed to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
AUGUSTA — Sen. Jim Dill, D-Old Town, has been appointed by the Senate President to the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The appointment makes him the Senate Democrats’ leading voice on issues regarding some of Maine’s most crucial heritage industries. Sen. Dill is serving his fourth term on the Committee, including a term as its House Chairmen in 2013 and 2014.
“Maine’s farms and forests are the linchpin of our state’s rural economy,” said Sen. Dill. “Even those of us who do not work in these fields feel a deep sense of pride for Maine’s historic roots in farming, logging and wood products. I look forward to continuing my work with the committee to ensure that state policies and regulations contribute to the prosperity of our farmers, loggers and associated workers. Their success is Maine’s success.”
The Committee has jurisdiction of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and sets policies on issues related to food and rural resources, agricultural fairs, products and marketing; animal control and welfare; food safety, inspection and labeling; dairy industry; pesticide regulation; nutrient management; farmland preservation; state parks, historic sites, public lands, submerged lands and the coastal islands registry; the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission; geological surveying and mapping; forest management, marketing, utilizations, health and fire control; the Land for Maine’s Future Program; and Baxter State Park.