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Could a business cluster be the solution to Maine's fragmented food industry?

Lori Valigra |

A recent report from the Harvard Kennedy School suggests that more cooperation is needed to grow Maine's food industry, create new jobs and generate economic growth.

Report: Shuttered Waterville market still owes farmers money

The closing of Barrels Community Market in downtown Waterville has left some area farmers being owed thousands of dollars for their produce and products.

Low price for cranberries keeps some Maine farmers from harvesting crop

Maine cranberry growers didn't harvest about an eighth of the state's total acres devoted to the crop because of unusually low prices.

Pineland Farms Potato inks deal to supply 28 Sam's Club stores

James McCarthy |

Mars Hill-based Pineland Farms Potato Co. announced Thursday it has signed a contract to supply 28 Sam's Club stores in the Northeast with its refrigerated potato and cheese products.

UMaine System moves toward purchasing more local food

The University of Maine System will evaluate bids from dining service vendors who could meet the system's goal of purchasing 20% of its food from local sources by 2020.

Organic Valley creates opportunities for Aroostook County dairy farmers

James McCarthy |

Organic Valley, the Wisconsin-based organic farmers' cooperative, has been quietly building a cluster of organic dairy farms in Maine's northernmost county.

USDA to provide $1.7M for energy upgrades to 14 Maine businesses

Fourteen small businesses in Maine will receive $1.7 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding to reduce energy usage and costs.

Report: Maine food industry leaders need to develop growth plan

A report from Harvard University looking at how Maine can grow its food industry recommends that the different parties in the industry should collaborate to develop a growth plan with clear metrics...

Smith's Farm installs largest privately owned solar facility in Maine

Maine Energy Performance Solutions says it recently installed the largest privately owned solar facility in the state for Presque Isle-based Smith's Farm.

EPA cites potato processing plant in Belfast over ammonia use

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited a Belfast potato processor last week over issues with its use of ammonia, seeking as much as $320,000 in penalties.