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A new forest product sector in Maine is heating up as startup companies establish facilities to turn forest residuals into a versatile high-value product called biochar.
Zachary Smith was named to the board of MMG Insurance Co. Smith’s Farm has operations in Maine and four other states.
A rainy summer isn't dampening attendance or business this year at fairs around the state.
The two companies will pay penalties under agreements with the Environmental Protection Agency, which accused both of violating rules around the use of a refrigerant at their plants.
Up to 1,300 jobs will be needed in emerging forest-related industries over the next decade. A new course will link Mainers with job opportunities, support and education.
The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by President Biden last year, provides $2.2 billion in financial assistance for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in federal farm lending programs.
Electronic ear tags track cow movements and detect when they are doing certain activities, like chewing cud, with the goal of learning more about best care practices.
This week the Friday Food Insider is taking you on a tour of farmers' markets in Maine.
Gregory Porter, UMaine professor of agronomy, grew up on a potato farm in Aroostook County. He has dedicated his 38-year career at UMaine to improving potato production in the eastern United States.
Terms of the deal for the Portland-based food procurement app were not disclosed.
Researchers will test impacts on soil-water dynamics, crop health, root fungi, pollinators and disease. Results will be shared with wild blueberry growers and processors.
Winners represent sectors from farming to janitorial services. Shannon Kinney, founder and chief client success officer at Dream Local Digital, a Thomaston-based digital marketing agency, was the keynote speaker at last week's SCORE awards luncheon.
The aptly-titled Maple Syrup Act would increase funding from $20 million to $30 million for the federal maple support program.
The initiative, now in its third year, is a partnership between Coastal Enterprises Inc. and FocusMaine.
Maine is home to more than 200 dairy farms that care for herds of dairy cows, goats and sheep.
"If agriculture is your passion, embrace it," says Amanda Beal, commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
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Since long before the state was a state or even part of one, Maine has been home to nations of indigenous people. Today, that relationship continues to make news.
On Nov. 17, Gov. Janet Mills met with representatives of the Wabanaki tribes to discuss how the Legislature might expand their rights to self-governance. Under an $82 million legal settlement reached in 1980, Maine tribes do not have the sovereign status that hundreds of federally recognized tribes across the U.S. enjoy.
The meeting came days after the state's legalized sports betting market opened for business, an enterprise granted almost exclusively to the Maine tribes — the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Mi’kmaq Nation, the Penobscot Nation, and the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township and at Sipayik.
Also in November, a national conservation group announced plans to turn over nearly 30,000 acres of northern Maine woodland to the Penobscot Nation.