The PFAS Testing Grants Program, administered by MFT and MOFGA, assists farmers who have concerns regarding potential PFAS contamination. The Program will pay for:
- Testing of home or irrigation water for contamination with these chemicals
- Testing of farm soil
- Testing of farm products
A simple application form will assess eligibility for the program and several farms will be selected upon a weekly review to participate in the program.
Eligibility and prioritization:
- All commercial farms (a farm that sells at least $2,000 to consumers outside of the household) are eligible.
- Applicants self-identified as Indigenous producers of food and/or medicine do not need to meet commercial farm eligibility criteria.
- Farms must state that they require financial assistance for PFAS testing.
- Farms who are seeking to test materials associated with land that was licensed and/or spread with biosolids.
- Farms that derive at least 50% of their family income from their farm will be prioritized.
- Farms classified as “Tier 1” licensed sites will be prioritized.
- The program is available to farms whose lenders are requiring a water and/or soil test
- Farmers who are located on licensed sites who had to pay for testing to investigate their risk prior to the establishment of this program on March 1, 2022 may seek reimbursement for tests that are ineligible for reimbursement from state agencies due to having low test results.
We have limited resources and unfortunately may not be able to fund all eligible applications. Award decisions will be made according to available testing program funds, applicant eligibility, and priorities.
Test results will need to be shared with MFT or MOFGA as we will seek reimbursement from DEP and DACF for high test results in order to replenish the testing fund for other farmers to access. We will not share this information outside of our organizations, DACF, and DEP.
- Farms submit an application here.
- MFT and MOFGA will review applications weekly and determine award recipients and amounts based on eligibility, priority sites, and amount of funding available.
- MFT and MOFGA will pay testing fees directly to cooperating consultants and laboratories.
- For water sampling awards, we will provide instructions to recipients on how to collect samples in cooperation with Maine Environmental Laboratory.
- For all other sampling awards, testing will be scheduled and collected in cooperation with Northern Tilth.
- For farmers seeking reimbursement for tests taken before the program launch, we will pay the farmer directly.
If you’d like a paper application, you can download a printable version here, or call Tricia Rouleau at 207-338-6575.