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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.

Maine farmers market group gets federal grants to expand food stamp access

The Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets will receive two U.S. Department of Agriculture grants totaling more than $348,000 to increase access to Maine farmers markets and to promote them, the...

Eastport Port Authority's Chris Gardner is looking forward in Eastport

Peter Van Allen |

Chris Gardner might be forgiven if he thought the sun rises with his job.

GrandyOats' production soars under Nat Peirce and Aaron Anker

Laurie Schreiber |

Eighteen years ago, GrandyOats was a one-person operation producing small batches of granola out of a 105-year-old dairy barn in rural Brownfield.

USDA rural development grants to help create 184 jobs in Maine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded four Maine organizations a total of $275,000 through the Rural Business Development Grant program, the Kennebec Journal reported Thursday.

Maine apple crop more plentiful than last year

Maine’s apple growers are reporting a strong crop this year following a light harvest last season, the Portland Press Herald reported Wednesday.

Unity Food Hub opens new headquarters

A wholesale and retail business from the Maine Farmland Trust that aims to expand markets for local farmers is set to open its new headquarters in a former schoolhouse in Unity.

Potato harvest underway after heat delay

Potato farmers in Aroostook County reported that high temperatures delayed the start of the harvest for three days last week, but the initial quality and yield of the crop appear better than last...

Hops growers find success in craft beer biz

Aroostook Hops, an organic farm in Westfield, has been finding success growing hops for Allagash Brewing Company, Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company and other craft breweries, according to the...

Organic farming, up 36%, to benefit from $1M USDA grant to UMaine

The number of organic farms in Maine has increased by 36% over the last seven years, the USDA said, while also awarding a $999K research grant to UMaine.