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The state is accepting applications for grants under the Maine Farms for the Future program, a competitive grant program that provides farms with business planning assistance and investment support.
Better broadband access that would allow farmers and rangers to take greater advantage of next generation precision agriculture technology could result in $47 billion to $65 billion a year in economic benefits nationally, according to a
Maine is in line with a national trend that shows growth in organic farming, but there are also "concerning" trends in the industry, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association said.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle celebrated the forthcoming construction of its four-season Teaching and Research Greenhouse with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday.
The developer of large greenhouses in Auburn for growing cannabis has purchased additional land to build a dispensary and testing lab.
Twenty-five years ago, Maine’s marijuana proprietors were more likely to be named in a local police blotter than the pages of Mainebiz. But today, Patricia Rosi, CEO of Wellness Connection of Maine, proudly talks about her company’s business in
Portland-based animal health group ImmuCell Corp. (Nasdaq: ICCC) said Friday that it sold $9 million in shares of common stock, which it plans to use towards product expansion.
The Portland-based Environmental Health Strategy Center is asking the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to examine the federal response to risks associated with toxic PFAS chemicals in sewage sludge that for decades has been
Nearly 100 maple sugar producers will open their doors to visitors this weekend for the 36th annual Maine Maple Sunday, which celebrates Maine's short but sweet $48.7 million maple sugaring industry.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a native of Caribou, joined a bipartisan group that urged the Trump administration to make the potato industry a priority in trade negotiations with China.
Focus is increasing on access to farmland and its potential as a renewed economic driver for Maine as potential new farmers look for land and established ones get ready to retire.
The Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry unanimously voted to advance Gov. Janet Mills nomination of Amanda Beal as commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
The Maine Potato Board is partnering with two Bangor restaurants during the high school basketball tournament week to market the Caribou Russet, a new potato variety developed at the University of Maine that hit a limited number of markets three
FocusMaine, a nonprofit partnership focused on increasing the state's economic base, said its efforts have reaped success in agriculture and aquaculture businesses, a year after launching a 10-year plan to create 20,000 jobs in the two sectors and
Gov. Janet Mills on Friday nominated Maine Farmland Trust President Amanda Beal as the state's next agriculture chief, completing her roster of 15 Cabinet picks less than three weeks after taking office.
Plans are in the works to open a farm-to-table restaurant in downtown Damariscotta.
Food and drink from across Maine — with all of the state's 16 counties represented — will be featured at Gov.-elect Janet Mills' inaugural celebration Friday night.
U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, have joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the “Agricultural Export Expansion Act of 2019,” legislation to remove a major hurdle for American farmers and ranchers aiming to sell American agricultural products in the Cuban market. The bipartisan bill would support jobs in Maine and throughout the country by lifting restrictions on private financing for U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba.
Collins and King noted in a recent news release that the 2018 Farm Bill took steps to help American agriculture access the Cuban market by allowing funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture export promotion programs for U.S. agricultural products to be used in Cuba. However, they said, the biggest barrier for producers as they seek access to Cuba is the Trade Sanctions and Reform Act’s prohibition on providing private credit for those exports, which forces Cubans to pay with cash up-front for American-grown food. As a result, American farm goods have become less competitive, and Cuba has turned to other countries that are able to extend credit directly to Cuban buyers for transactions.
The proposed bill would amend the Trade Sanctions and Reform Act to allow for private financing of agricultural exports and level the playing field for American farmers competing in the global market.
Noting that farming continues to be a major economic driver of Maine’s rural communities, Collins and King said the legislation would “open up a significant new export opportunity, without costing the government any money or risking any taxpayer dollars.”