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'Mission is far from over' as CEI marks 40th anniversary

James McCarthy |

The seeds of community economic development sown by CEI since its founding 40 years ago by Ron Phillips have multiplied hundredfold, with more than 2,700 businesses financed, almost 38,000 full-time...

Seven Maine food companies selected for 'Cultivator' accelerator program

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The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs and its sponsor FocusMaine selected seven Maine companies to participate in the 2018-19 Cultivator Food, Beverage and Agriculture Accelerator program.

Pineland Farms' Bangor dairy gearing up for production this summer

Activity is underway at the former Grant's Dairy at Bangor's Hildreth North Business Park, which is now under the ownership of Pineland Farms Dairy Co.

Maine Potato Board monitoring U.S.-China trade disputes

The Maine Potato Board is keeping a close watch on trade disputes between the United States and China, which is one of the top five export markets for U.S. potato products.

Mainebiz Food Insider: Franklin County targets growing 'local food roots'

Maureen Milliken |

Last April, a group of nonprofits got together in Farmington to talk about local food insecurity. That's led to a greater effort to connect local resources, including farmers, to people who need...

International Kneading Conference relocates to KVCC campus

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The 12th annual Kneading Conference, a two-day summit for bakers, farmers and anyone who works in the grain industry, announced that this year’s event will relocate to the Kennebec Valley...

State awards $188K in grants to address ‘critical’ agricultural needs

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Commissioner Walt Whitcomb of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announced five grants totaling almost $188,000 on Thursday that will support projects addressing critical...

Kennebec County farmer gets key startup support from lending co-op

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A Readfield farmer credits Farm Credit East’s FarmStart program with providing the working capital and business advice that have helped him establish what is now a 300-acre diversified farm of...

Mainebiz Food Insider: Food and art join forces in Snow Pond school project

Maureen Milliken |

Patrons of Augusta-area restaurants will be served up some art along with their food in the coming months, courtesy of students at Sidney's Snow Pond Arts Academy. It's part of project to show how...

As Maine agriculture evolves, farm financers aim to keep up

Laurie Schreiber |

The farm finance sector is evolving along with Maine's farmers. Start-up farms have been established in sync with consumer interest in locally sourced foods — and older farmers are retiring,...