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Feds award $120K to 13 Maine clean energy projects

USDA Rural Development is awarding nearly $120,000 to 13 Maine businesses for clean energy projects that include solar power systems, variable-frequency ventilation fans and geothermal heat pumps.

Behind the scenes at the Portland Farmers' Market

Lori Valigra |

For farmers, getting ready for the Portland Farmers' Market often starts the evening before, with picking goods then packing crates, and continues at sunrise the next day with loading the...

Maine Startup & Create Week: Social media becomes hub for food distribution

Lori Valigra |

Social media platforms are opening up new markets for farmers, providing traceability for food, helping identify surplus food for redistribution and giving consumers a forum to learn more about...

Jury awards $1M to Kate's Homemade Butter

A jury has awarded more than $1 million in damages to to the owners of Kate's Homemade Butter, a well-known butter producer now based in Arundel, in its lawsuit against a Rhode Island company.

Maine Startup & Create Week: Food producers challenged by managing, growing their companies

Lori Valigra |

Maine’s food producers struggle with how to manage and grow their businesses, find workers and deal with high costs like taxes and energy, according to a kickoff session in the Maine Startup &...

MTI gives $50,000 to boost Maine algal industry

How can Maine support a larger market for sea vegetables and other algae products? A newly formed partnership between public and private sectors seeks to answer that question,...

DEP fines Belfast plant after reporter’s inquiry

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has fined Belfast potato-processing company Penobscot McCrum LLC for discharging ammonia into a nearby river.

Aroostook farmer reelected to Farm Credit East board

Daniel J. Corey, an Aroostook County potato farmer and owner of a diversified agricultural business, has been reelected to a four-year term on Farm Credit East’s board of...

Maine farmers markets see major increase

The number of outdoor farmers markets in Maine has doubled in the last eight years, according to data from the state.The

Gardiner Food Co-op & Café awarded $90K grant

The Gardiner Food Co-op & Café has been awarded a $90,000 Community Development Block Grant to create new jobs with the opening of its storefront in late May.