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Maine’s wild blueberry harvest drops precipitously

Preliminary industry figures show Maine’s wild blueberry crop coming in at about 65 million pounds for 2017, well below last year’s almost 102 million pounds.

LMF board rejects $1.2M option to buy state's largest sugar maple plantation

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry didn’t make the cut in its bid to acquire a $1.2 million conservation easement through its Land for Maine's Future program in...

'Ugly veggie' outlet boosts Maine farms

The Farm Stand in South Portland's Knightville neighborhood is providing a new outlet for Maine farms by taking less-than-perfect vegetables and fruits and either transforming them into prepared...

Maine-invented machine could boost marijuana industry

A mechanical “bud tugger” reduces the amount of time it takes to trim marijuana plants from hours to minutes. The innovation is seen as having a strong potential market among growers of...

Maine Food Insider: Garbage goes green

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

The eco-focus that’s helped spur the local food movement is also galvanizing the other end of the food chain: food waste disposal.

Maine Food Insider: State launches 'waste not, want not' surplus food program

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping 10 Maine counties create a 21st century solution to the problem of getting unused food to the people who could use it.

Maine Food Insider: Awards highlight work of Maine grocers and food producers

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

Snyder's-Lance of Saco, Ricker-Hill Orchards of Turner and Mark Kelley of Country Farms Markets of Washburn and Easton are being recognized today by the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association...

New study highlights wild blueberry's benefits on children's brain function

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

The Maine wild blueberry industry is hailing a new study that shows consuming a flavonoid-rich wild blueberry beverage may help a part of the brain that manages time and attention work more...

Maine's local food economy gets $1M boost from federal government

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Maine is getting more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support expanding the state's local food economy, including $500,000 to support the Portland Foodshed Project.

Maine Food Insider: No wonder we feel so smart eating Maine wild blueberries

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

This year's meeting of the Wild Blueberry Health Research Summit drew 30 scientists, researchers and doctors who discussed the wild blueberry's role in improved health, ranging from brain health to...

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