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Farm Credit East merger seen as beneficial to Maine farmers, loggers, commercial fishermen

James McCarthy |

Daniel Corey planted his first crop of potatoes on a 52-acre farm in Aroostook County in 1986. He was a first-generation farmer, eager to make his living off the land and about to be...

Report warns of serious health care worker shortage

A report released Tuesday by the Maine Department of Labor concludes that the state could face a serious shortage of health care professionals in dentistry and psychology in the coming...

Gray fabricator gets $350K USDA loan

Bruns Bros. Inc., a fabricator of stainless steel process equipment in Gray, has received a $350,000 loan guarantee through the U.S. Department of...

Ed Meadows leads the Land for Maine's Future program on broader mission

DOUGLAS ROOKS |

In one way or another, Ed Meadows has been involved with land management his entire professional career — including for the last 25 years working in the public sector at a variety...

Cavendish suspends Presque Isle potato planting

Cavendish Farms has suspended potato planting at its Presque Isle farmland, cutting 13 jobs and delaying a $2.7 million potato storage investment in a move the J.D. Irving Ltd.

Food co-ops on the rise as Mainers seek local foods, buying power

Lori Valigra |

The number of member-owned food co-operatives in Maine is on a course to almost double to 11 this year, leavened by a taste for locally produced food that is safe and healthy.

Crowdfunding, revenue sharing and farm bill reactions

Darren Fishell |

While debate over expanding Medicaid in Maine continues to simmer, lawmakers have started sending bills to Gov. Paul LePage's desk, including legislation that would allow companies to...

Number of Maine farms, crop value rise

Preliminary figures show the market value of crops from Maine farms rose 24% from 2007 to 2012, a period in which the number of Maine farms bucked a national decline and increased...

Farm bill gets mixed reviews in Maine

The $956 billion farm bill signed by President Obama Friday could potentially benefit the growth of organic farming and community-supported agriculture in Maine, but also might...

Oakhurst Dairy sold to 8,000-farm co-op

Oakhurst Dairy, which generates more than $100 million in annual revenue, has been sold to a farmer-owned dairy marketing cooperative for an undisclosed price.

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