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Maine Gets $600,000 for Crop Research

| April 28, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A Maine agency has announced it will receive $600,000 to support research on specialty crops such as blueberries and potatoes. The state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said Monday it is accepting proposals for the grant money for agricultural research on Maine crops. The money stems from the U.S. Department […]

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Funding Awarded To 7 Maine Waste Water Facilities, But It’s Not Enough For Necessary Upgrades

| April 27, 2014

Almost 30 million dollars has been granted to seven Maine wastewater facilities for upgrades to prevent contamination of the state’s waterways. But The Maine Department of Environmental protection says it’s just not enough. Wastewater collection and storm drain systems in Van Buren need upgrades. One of the reasons is to preserve the St. John River. […]

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Maine Gets Sewage Funds, But Says it Needs More

| April 24, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine officials say the $29.7 million they’re receiving for wastewater treatment upgrades in seven facilities is a small portion of the more than $1 billion needed for similar projects over the next 20 years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the funding this week. Nationwide, 40 states and Puerto Rico are […]

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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

| 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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