Farm Scoop

Farm Scoop – April 2018

USDA Offers Targeted Farm Loan Funding for Underserved Groups and Beginning Farmers U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Maine Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director SED David R. Lavway reminds producers that FSA offers specially targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. During fiscal year 2017 […]

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Farm Scoop – March 2018

Keeping small ruminants healthy with UMaine Extension Keeping sheep, goats, alpacas and other small ruminants healthy is the focus of an April 14 workshop from 1–3 p.m. at the Foxcroft Veterinary Clinic, 1441 Dexter Road, Dover-Foxcroft. Sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension, topics include what is considered normal for specific animals, including nutrition, vaccination schedules, deworming, foot care and […]

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Farm Scoop – February 2018

Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in Maine The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Maine growers that the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage on most spring-planted crops for the 2018 crop year is March 15. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing policies also have until March 15 to do […]

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Farm Scoop – January 2018

SAVE THE DATE! – 2018 Maine Grain Conference Thursday, March 8th Spectacular Events, Bangor, ME Mark your calendars for the 2018 Grain Conference! Topics for this year include expanding crop options, seed production, disease management, and more. Guest speakers include: David Mol is a pedigreed seed producer and leading grain producer in PEI. He grows wheat, fall […]

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Farm Scoop – December 2017

An Introduction to Growing Grapes in Maine Thursday, January 11, 2018, 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM This school is designed to help people who are interested in small scale grape production as a commercial enterprise. Interest in grape growing in Maine is expanding as demand for locally grown produce expands and new, hardier varieties of […]

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Farm Scoop – November 2017

Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for 13 Maine Counties with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding Counties and New Hampshire U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steve Peterson today announced that physical loss loans are available for 13 counties in Maine. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses […]

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Farm Scoop – October 2017

Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching – November 20, 2017 is the sales closing date for the 2018 crop year Apple crop insurance protects a producer’s average crop yields from weather-related issues causing yield loss. Producers can choose to insure their apple crop at a catastrophic level (CAT) which protects 50% of their average crop yield and pays […]

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Farm Scoop – September 2017

Need funding for your technology development project or infrastructure? MTI offers early stage grants to entrepreneurs and companies who are developing innovative products, processes or services. TechStart Grants of up to $5,000 can be used to conduct market research, develop a business plan, and file for patent protections. Learn more here. Seed Grants of up […]

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Farm Scoop – August 2017

MOFGA Farm Beginnings This a farmer-led program to help guide those with a strong commitment to creating a sustainable farm business achieve their goals. Designed for farmers with at least one year of production experience, this series of intensive workshops will help you to develop a whole farm plan through realistic goal setting, reflection, and […]

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Farm Scoop – July 2017

August 1, 2017 – Androscoggin County Producers FSA County Committee Nominations Due The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for Maine, Sherry Hamel today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2017, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. County committees are […]

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