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March 15, 2018 Deadline for Crop Insurance Approaching

March 15 Deadline for Crop Insurance Approaching When February rolls around you may be thinking about taxes, seed orders, and other prep for the spring season.  One additional yet important item to consider is that the deadline to enroll spring-seeded crops in crop insurance for 2018 is nearing.  Farmers must meet with a crop insurance […]

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Farmscoop – February 2018

Be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture! It’s Not Too Late It’s not too late to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Every five years, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture. Questionnaires were mailed to all known farmers in beginning in December 2017. NASS is following up […]

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Farmscoop – 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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A Farm’s Perspective on Whole Farm Revenue Protection and More

Whole Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance A perspective from BrightBerry Farm A revenue protection policy for diversified farms Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) is a crop insurance policy that protects a farm’s adjusted gross revenue from production losses or decline in market prices due to natural causes. The deadline to enroll in WFRP is March […]

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Farmscoop – 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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Farmscoop – 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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2018 Apple Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching

November 20, 2017 is the Sales Closing Date for Apple Crop Insurance 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 at 55% of the price […]

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Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching

November 15, 2017 is the sales closing date for Pasture, Rangeland and Forage crop insurance Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) crop insurance protects grazing or haying acres against a single peril – lack of precipitation. Producers must enroll with a licensed crop insurance agent before the November 15 deadline for 2018 coverage. How precipitation is […]

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New Risk Management Option for Maine Beekeepers

APICULTURE PILOT INSURANCE (API) PROGRAM Lack of precipitation can limit bees’ forage intake and will reduce honey production. The API crop insurance program protects beekeepers from a single peril: lack of precipitation. How precipitation is measured The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) uses a grid system of approximately 17 x 17 miles to track precipitation […]

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2018 Wild Blueberry Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching

November 20, 2017 is the Sales Closing Date for Blueberry Crop Insurance Blueberry crop insurance protects a producer’s average crop yields from weather-related issues causing yield loss. Producers can choose to insure their blueberry crop at a catastrophic level (CAT) which protects 50% of their crop yield and pays at 55% of the price election […]

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