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Maine Farms Show Growth

Maine Farms Show Growth

| February 20, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The number of farms in Maine has grown in the latest federal census that showed a national decline. The U.S. Department of Agriculture 2012 census found that there were 8,174 Maine farms in 2012, an increase of half-a-percentage point from five years ago. But the 10-year trend is more dramatic, with […]

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Disaster Assistance Available for Maine Farmers

Disaster Assistance Available for Maine Farmers

| December 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Farmers in a number of Maine counties are now eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a disaster designation Wednesday for Aroostook and Penobscot counties due to damage and losses caused by excessive precipitation that occurred from May 1st through September 30th. In addition to […]

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USDA Aims to Correct Past Discrimination

USDA Aims to Correct Past Discrimination

| October 12, 2012

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a new claims filing process last month. It’s for hispanic and women farmers and ranchers nationwide who allege past discrimination by the USDA. News Source 8′s Katie Zarrilli sat down with a USDA representative from Maine who tells us how those in our state could be compensated.

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USDA Offering Value Added Grants to Farmers

USDA Offering Value Added Grants to Farmers

| October 6, 2012

If you or someone you know is a farmer looking to add value to a crop, USDA rural development wants to help. They’re currently seeking applications for value added producer grants. It’s a program that could provide farmers with a good chunk of change. News Source 8′s Katie Zarrilli explains.

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Money Available to Go Green

Money Available to Go Green

| March 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Some businesses may have considered going green in the past, but didn’t because of the cost to switch over. Now, well over a hundred thousand dollars is available statewide, to help businesses make the switch to renewable energy. News Source 8 reporter Gina DiPietro explains. Note: Any rural small business or agricultural producer looking for an application […]

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