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Backyard Farms tomatoes due back in stores in October

Backyard Farms tomatoes will be back in stores from Maine to New Jersey in October, after the Madison grower shut down for a month to accommodate upgrades by new owner Mastronardi Produce.

Blueberry growers ramp up 'wild' marketing

Marie and Dell Emerson, who manage Wild Blueberry Land in Columbia Falls and sell wild blueberries out of a blueberry-shaped retail shop on Route 1, are developing a marketing push to differentiate...

It's shaping up to be a banner year for Maine apple growers

James McCarthy |

Maine's 2017 apple crop is expected to rebound significantly over last year's small harvest, which was hurt by poor pollination conditions during spring and a summer-long drought in most areas of the...

LePage calls for emergency special session of Legislature over new 'food sovereignty' law

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

Gov. Paul LePage is calling for an emergency special session of the Legislature to amend the “food sovereignty” law set to go into effect Nov. 1, saying if the new law isn't changed it...

Maine Food Insider: Forbes names Forager as startup 'likely to make a splash'

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

Portland-based digital food sourcing platform Forager was named by the Forbes Technology Council this month as one of eight startups across the country that are going to transform their industry.

Wild blueberry harvest: Smaller yields, but quality is 'quite good'

Variable weather throughout the growing season is expected to result in a much-smaller yield for this year's Maine's wild blueberry crop.

Growers compete for Oxford's final medical marijuana permit

The Oxford Planning Board has received two site plan applications for the cultivation of medical marijuana in the town. Only one of them will be allowed to proceed under current town regulations.

Maine Food Insider: Agtech expected to top $10B by 2025

Lori Valigra |

Tracking crop yields, disease and weather are only a few of the ways farmers can improve their businesses and, increasingly, technology is playing a role in helping them.

Initiative launched to bring Somali immigrants to Aroostook County

STAFF |

Northern Maine Community College and Maine Community Foundation are partnering to bring Somali immigrants to Aroostook County to explore agricultural opportunities.

Libra Foundation makes a strategic $6M investment in former Grant's Dairy

Lori Valigra |

A new entity called Pineland Farms Dairy Co. Inc., a for-profit company formed and funded by parent company Libra Foundation, undertakes an ambitious $6M plan to restore the former Grant's Dairy in...

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