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Farm Scoop – May 2018

New Soil Health Case Study about Piper Farms The Maine Soil Health Dairy team has a new case study, Piper Farms Saves Big with a Center Pivot about this farm’s innovative irrigation technique which in turn has some soil health benefits. New Dairy Improvement Fund Loan Program Announced – Investments in Maine Dairy Cow Farms and Enterprises  The […]

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Nursery Commodity Crop Insurance Deadline – May 1, 2018

Nursery Commodity Crop Insurance Deadline Nears The sales closing deadline for nursery crop insurance is May 1, 2018. To be eligible, a nursery must receive at least 40% of its gross income from the wholesale marketing of nursery plants, and meet other eligibility requirements outlined in the Risk Management Agency policy fact sheet at http://www.rma.usda.gov/pubs/rme/nursery.pdf […]

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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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Malting Barley Contract Option Comes to Maine

Qualified growers may insure crop at a greater value than the feed barley price March 2, 2018 – Growers with a production contract for malting barley are now able to insure the crop using the price listed in their contract. This means that if a grower buys a crop insurance yield protection policy and has […]

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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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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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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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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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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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