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A new Maine-grown potato hits New England supermarket shelves

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The Caribou Russet potato, developed by the University of Maine, is now available in more stores throughout New England.

Dirigo Food Safety, Unity College win innovation challenge

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Dirigo Food Safety of Yarmouth and a team from Unity College won top honors in the 2018 New England Food System Innovation Challenge, held at Saint Joseph's College in Standish last weekend.

Maine ‘specialty crop’ producers get competitive boost from $538K USDA grant

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Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announced Friday that Maine has received $538,073 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to...

Saint Joseph's College to host N.E. Food System Innovation Challenge

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As part of the effort to contribute solutions to the challenges facing New England's food system, Saint Joseph's College will host the 2018 New England Food System Innovation Challenge featuring cash...

$1M gift establishes first-ever endowed agriculture faculty chair at UMPI

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With the stroke of a pen, officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle received a gift of $1 million from benefactor Mary Barton Akeley Smith to establish the first-ever endowed chair in...

Levant orchard’s corn maze wins USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Award

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Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant has been named “Best Corn Maze in America” in this year’s USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

First-ever credit union devoted to farmers and food producers achieves funding goal

James McCarthy |

Maine Harvest Credit Project has reached its $2.4 million fundraising goal, calling it a critical milestone in becoming Maine's 56th credit union and the country's first-ever to lend exclusively to...

Rural counties will receive energy grants from USDA

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U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced that nine rural Maine businesses received a total of $431,725 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America...

Blueberry growers squeezed by price drop, bad weather

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Maine's blueberry industry continues to deal with price drops, unaccommodating weather, diseases, foreign competition and reduced crop size.

Labor shortage hits Maine farms

A shortage of farmhands is making it tough for farmers to get their crops harvested.

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