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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]