Farm Scoop

Farm Scoop – June 2017

June 30 Deadline for Census of Agriculture Currently, the census is the only complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products were raised […]

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Farm Scoop – May 2017

2017 Census of Agriculture Make Sure Your Farm Counts! NASS conducts a census of all agricultural operations every five years as well as other agricultural surveys. We need to know about all types of agricultural operations of all sizes. The Information you provide is kept confidential by law and will not be disclosed to any […]

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Farm Scoop – April 2017

2017 Census of Agriculture Make Sure Your Farm Counts! NASS conducts a census of all agricultural operations every five years as well as other agricultural surveys. We need to know about all types of agricultural operations of all sizes. The Information you provide is kept confidential by law and will not be disclosed to any […]

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Farm Scoop – March 2017

Free Renewable Energy Workshop Tuesday, April 11, 2017 GPCOG is hosting a Free Renewable Energy Workshop for Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses. They will have information on how to access USDA Rural Development guaranteed loan or competitive grant funds for the purchase, installation and construction of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency projects. They […]

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Farm Scoop – February 2017

Survey: Farmers and “Intermediated Markets” A new study, funded by USDA, and led by Syracuse University, New York University, the Pennsylvania State University, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) seeks to examine local and regional agricultural production and intermediated markets. The study will examine the opportunities and risks of four main marketing opportunities […]

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Farm Scoop – January 2017

SNAP for Direct Marketing Farmers and Farmers Markets — FREE Webinars USDA has continued funding through May 2017 to assist direct marketing farmers and farmers markets join the SNAP program by providing free equipment to qualified farmers and farmers markets. The National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) has created MarketLink, an online solution […]

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Farm Scoop – December 2016

USDA Offers Targeted Farm Loan Funding for Underserved Groups and Beginning Farmers USDA Maine Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, SED Donovan E. Todd, III , reminds producers that FSA offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. USDA defines underserved applicants as a […]

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Farm Scoop – November 2016

2016 Maine Food Network Gathering Friday, December 2, 2016, 8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m., Reception to follow. Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono This is the must-attend event for people working and engaged in Maine’s local food sectors. Here’s a preview of the day: Learn ways to increase consumer interest in local Maine food Discover resources […]

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Farm Scoop – October 2016

Applications Sought for Northeast SARE Committees The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is a federal competitive grants program that supports projects aimed at enhancing the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of farming. SARE relies on a diverse group of individuals from across the agricultural community to provide leadership that will keep our […]

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Farm Scoop – September 2016

Maine Farms for the Future – Phase 1: Business Plan Development Grant The State of Maine is seeking proposals from eligible farms seeking to compete for the Maine Farms for the Future – Phase 1: Business Plan Development grant. A copy of the RFP can be obtained by contacting the RFP Coordinator: Lester Dancer. The RFP Coordinator […]

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