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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a license to sell plants?
You need a nursery license if you are selling rooted plants. The purpose of the license is to ensure that healthy, pest free plants are being sold to Maine customers. The license is renewed annually and the fee is either $25 or $5 depending on volume of sales. For more information visit www.maine.gov/agriculture/horticulture/licensing.htm
Do I need a license to keep bees?
Yes you need a license even if you have one hive. The purpose of the license is to ensure that the hives contain healthy bees for honey production and pollinating crops. The license is renewed annually and the license fee varies depending on the number of hives being licensed. For more information visit www.maine.gov/agriculture/pi/apiary/
How do I get this unusual insect identified?
Contact the Plant Health Unit at 207-287-3891 or check on our website to see if you have a look-alike at www.maine.gov/agriculture/pi/pestsurvey/pestinfo/
Do I need a license to cut down trees?
You need an arborist license if you are working near buildings or in urban areas and you are being paid. You should have a utility license if you are working around power lines. A landscape arborist license is required for any other type of arborist work. For more information go to www.maine.gov/agriculture/pi/arborist/
How do I qualify for the organic cost share program?
You need to contact an organic certifying agent in the state, such as MOFGA certification services. They will then forward the information along to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
How do I deal with Japanese beetles?
Try not to plant things they like. Put Japanese beetle traps away from any plants you are trying to protect. Look for signs of parasites, a white spot on the back of the beetle. Check out the information online for this and other pests at www.gotpests.org
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