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Can hop-growers, maltsters and brewers make a truly Maine beer?

Lori Valigra |

That's just what local craft brewers and some government officials want: a truly Maine beer, with Maine-grown and processed ingredients. The side benefits are higher prices for farmers producing...

Plants aren't the only thing growing at Johnny's Selected Seeds

Lori Valigra |

Johnny's Selected Seeds has come a long way since company founder and Chairman Rob Johnston Jr. started the company in 1973 at age 22 with $500 in savings in a New Hampshire farm attic during the...

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens plots multimillion-dollar expansion

The Boothbay-based Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has unveiled the goals of a 20-year master plan that includes the construction of a new 22,000-square-foot glass conservatory, expanded gardens and...

New Brunswick looks to dethrone Maine from top seed in blueberries

New Brunswick has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging the state of Maine for global blueberry dominance, as officials have announced the opening up of 4,000 acres of public land for wild blueberry...

USDA takes Maine up on 30 million pounds of blueberries

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken the state of Maine up on its January offer to sell 30 million pounds of wild Maine blueberries. The state's offer comes after two back-to-back seasons of...

Maine's growing season tries to strike balance with Mother Nature

The drastic drop in temperatures in the past week across Maine can't be overstated — just one week ago the high temperatures were crawling into the lower 60s while Tuesday's high in Portland...

The wit and wisdom of Pineland Farms Potato Co.'s Rodney McCrum

James McCarthy |

I've interviewed hundreds of people in all walks of life during my 30-plus years as a working journalist, and have learned something from every one of them. Few have been more colorful...

Abrupt tax hike impacts Sidney farmers

Farmers in Sidney said they were concerned about an abrupt increase in the property tax bills on farmland doubling from $250 an acre to $500 an acre, the Kennebec Journal reported.

Waterville fleshing out marijuana dispensary regulations

Waterville's planning board will host a public hearing Monday evening to discuss appropriate sites for and possible restrictions on medical marijuana-related businesses, the Kennebec Journal reported.

Despite slower sales, red potatoes gain popularity

Potatoes are big business in the state of Maine with the 2014 harvest contributing over $153 million dollars to the state's economy, according to the National Agricultural Statistical Services.

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