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Bill reintroduced to help small farms process meat

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A federal bill initially introduced in 2015 is being reintroduced to allow small farms to slaughter animals on a custom basis, helping them by cutting some federal regulations.

Pineland Farms buying former Grants Dairy

Maine's largest cheesemaker plans to consolidate its cheese production operations at the former Grants Dairy in Bangor, creating up to 50 jobs.

Circle B Farms named UMaine food aggregator

Circle B Farms in Caribou was recently named the University of Maine system’s food aggregator for northern Maine.

Federal grant to help beekeepers and maple producers find their 'sweet spot'

A $498,462 grant will support research at the University of Maine that has a goal of helping beekeepers and maple syrup producers find their “sweet spot.”

Genetically engineered potatoes approved for Maine farms

Three types of genetically engineered potatoes developed by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. were recently approved for use in Maine.

Effort underway to save Maine's top maple sugar plantation

If Big Six Forest, a maple tree plantation located in Somerset County and said to produce around 25% of Maine's total maple syrup production, doesn't receive a conservation easement, owner Paul...

Sales lagging for Maine's medical marijuana dispensaries

Maine's eight medical marijuana dispensaries reported their 2016 sales grew by 5.3%, slowing considerably from 46% growth reported a year earlier.

Maine wild blueberries will be in schools in eight more states

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The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine’s 2017 initiative to get more public school systems to offer wild blueberries to their students is quickly — and literally — gaining new...

Auburn golf course's new owner scouting sites for mushroom facility

As the new owner of the Prospect Hill Golf Course in Auburn prepares for next month's opening, she's also on the lookout for land suitable for a 15-acre mushroom-growing facility.

Maine egg farm donates 100,000 eggs to food bank

Hillandale Farms, a national egg supplier with a facility in Turner, donated 9,000 dozen eggs to Good Shepherd Food Bank on Monday.

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