Category Archives: Agriculture

New grant growing Maine’s organic farms.

MAINE — The number of Maine’s organic farms has grown by 36 percent in the last seven years. And, thanks to a new, $999,120 grant designed to help state farmers meet growing demand for organic grains, that number will likely keep rising. The g ...

Naturally Potatoes expansion on track in Mars Hill.

MARS HILL, Maine — A $7.5 million expansion at the Pineland Farms Naturally Potatoes processing facility in Mars Hill is almost complete. The potato processor, which broke ground on the project in 2014, has added 40 employees since last summer and 12, ...

Maine scallop fishery hauling in record prices.

MAINE — Maine’s scallop fishery enjoyed one of its most profitable years ever in 2014. State scallop fishermen earned a record average of $12.78 a pound last year, which, combined with 584,000 pounds of scallop meat harvested, generated a cumula ...

Maine taps into maple syrup season.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maple syrup season has officially begun in Maine. Gov. Paul R. LePage, joined by Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb, Legislators and Maine Maple Producers, officially kicked off the beginning of the seas ...

New funds available for rural Maine businesses.

MAINE — Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program, more than $11 million in loan guarantees is available to Maine businesses in rural areas. The loan guarantees, which are available through local lending instit ...