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USDA rural development grants to help create 184 jobs in Maine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded four Maine organizations a total of $275,000 through the Rural Business Development Grant program, the Kennebec Journal reported Thursday.

Maine apple crop more plentiful than last year

Maine’s apple growers are reporting a strong crop this year following a light harvest last season, the Portland Press Herald reported Wednesday.

Unity Food Hub opens new headquarters

A wholesale and retail business from the Maine Farmland Trust that aims to expand markets for local farmers is set to open its new headquarters and distribution center in a former schoolhouse in...

Potato harvest underway after heat delay

Potato farmers in Aroostook County reported that high temperatures delayed the start of the harvest for three days last week, but the initial quality and yield of the crop appear better than last...

Hops growers find success in craft beer biz

Aroostook Hops, an organic farm in Westfield, has been finding success growing hops for Allagash Brewing Company, Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company and other craft breweries, according to the...

Organic farming, up 36%, to benefit from $1M USDA grant to UMaine

The number of organic farms in Maine has increased by 36% over the last seven years, the USDA said, while also awarding a $999K research grant to UMaine.

UMaine System to buy more local food

Some 20% of food served at six of the seven University of Maine campuses will come from local producers within the next five years, the UMaine System announced Monday.

The Farm Stand becomes part of a South Portland neighborhood's transition

Lori Valigra |

In an effort to cut the distance from farm to fork, a vegetable farmer and a butcher shop owner decided to set up a year-round store selling fresh, local foods closer to the people who...

Maine's cheesemaking industry on the rise

Maine's artisanal cheese industry is the fastest-growing in the country, and it's close to reaching New York and Pennsylvania in terms of the state's number of retail cheesemakers.

Firm that had ties to DeCoster buys 3 egg farms

Three egg farms in Maine have been sold to Hillandale Farms, a Pennsylvania-based company that had close ties to Jack DeCoster, the Maine egg magnate who received a jail sentence earlier this year...