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UMaine hosting sustainable agriculture, renewable energy conference

Staff |

The flagship campus of the University of Maine will be hosting the Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference next week, a four-day event covering sustainable agriculture and...

Farm-to-table strawberry ice cream is king for a few days

While Maine's wild blueberries get a lot of press, the state's strawberry crop is just as sure a sign of summer. Red's Dairy Freeze in South Portland is well aware of the allure of that little red...

$50M McCain Foods expansion could boost Aroostook potato stock

The largest buyer of potatoes in Aroostook County, McCain Foods, is planning a 32,000-square-foot expansion at its Florenceville-Bristol french fry plant in New Brunswick. The expansion could be a...

Farmers market in Freeport closed for good

The Freeport Farmers Market, which has been held on Friday afternoons in a section of L.L.Bean’s parking lot, will not be reopening following a drop in vendors stemming from a dip in sales.

Maine agency says no evidence Turner egg facilities unsafe

Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says it will investigate a complaint by the Humane Society of the United States to investigate a shell egg production facility in Turner,...

Can hop-growers, maltsters and brewers make a truly Maine beer?

Lori Valigra |

That's just what local craft brewers and some government officials want: a truly Maine beer, with Maine-grown and processed ingredients. The side benefits are higher prices for farmers producing...

Plants aren't the only thing growing at Johnny's Selected Seeds

Lori Valigra |

Johnny's Selected Seeds has come a long way since company founder and Chairman Rob Johnston Jr. started the company in 1973 at age 22 with $500 in savings in a New Hampshire farm attic during the...

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens plots multimillion-dollar expansion

The Boothbay-based Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has unveiled the goals of a 20-year master plan that includes the construction of a new 22,000-square-foot glass conservatory, expanded gardens and...

New Brunswick looks to dethrone Maine from top seed in blueberries

New Brunswick has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging the state of Maine for global blueberry dominance, as officials have announced the opening up of 4,000 acres of public land for wild blueberry...

USDA takes Maine up on 30 million pounds of blueberries

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken the state of Maine up on its January offer to sell 30 million pounds of wild Maine blueberries. The state's offer comes after two back-to-back seasons of...

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