Farm Scoop

Farm Scoop – July 2016

Maine Producers Reminded of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for Farm Service Agency County Committees The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Maine Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, SED Don Todd, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until August 1, 2016, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA […]

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Farm Scoop – June 2016

Maine Migrant Education Program The Maine Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federally-funded program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Title I, Part C) that provides supplemental educational services to the children of seasonal agricultural and fishing workers that move to new school districts in order to obtain work in industries such as blueberries, […]

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Farm Scoop – May 2016

USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment Portable Equipment Can Help Producers, including Small-Scale and Local Farmers, Get Products to Market Quickly COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 2, 2016 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency […]

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Farm Scoop – April 2016

Grower Resources — Agritourism Agritourism is a great way to get the public onto your farm and into your farm stand. This marketing practice gives the public an opportunity to better understand where their food comes from and to see the hard work that goes into the food that you produce by getting them into […]

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Farm Scoop – March 2016

Beginning Farmer Workshops — March, April, July 2016 Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District (Knox-Lincoln SWCD), in cooperation with Maine Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is presenting a series of workshops in March and April (mostly) to help farmers — aspiring, beginning (farming for fewer than 10 years), and those who may be transitioning to new […]

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Farm Scoop – February 2016

New Crop Insurance Option for Organic Producers Certified organic or organic-transitional producers who have a written contract from a buyer now have the ability to insure their crop at the contract price. This new initiative, the Contract Price Addendum (CPA) is an opportunity for producers to have an insurance policy that is more reflective of the actual value of […]

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Farm Scoop – December 2015

January 11, 2016 Specialty Crop Producer Buying Opportunities — One-on-One Meetings The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is hosting an event for interested Wholesale Specialty Crop Producers from Maine and local Wholesale Buyers to meet one-on-one for networking, introductions and future sales opportunities. This event will be held on Monday, January 11th from 1:00 p.m. […]

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Farm Scoop – November 2015

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show The New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show will be held December 15, 16, 17 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH and will include more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry, and tree fruit crops as well as […]

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Farm Scoop – October 2015

Aroostook Organic Grain Grower/Buyer Summit Wednesday, November 11, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center, 116 Maine St., Presque Isle The event is free; lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the US Organic Grain Collaboration and Organic Trade Association. The objectives for the day are to provide growers with an overview […]

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Farm Scoop – August 2015

NEW Online Course Helps Farmers Set Up QuickBooks How profitable was this market over that one? Should we raise chickens again? How is the business doing? Answers to these questions must be informed by highly organized, detailed farm financial information. As your farm business evolves and matures, QuickBooks most often becomes the solution of choice […]

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