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Farmscoop – December 2017

Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Seeks Proposals for FY18 Agricultural Development Grants The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Division of Agricultural Resource Development, is seeking proposals for the FY2018 Agricultural Development Grant Program. In accordance with State procurement practices, the Department is hereby announcing the publication of a Request for Proposals (RFP# […]

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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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Farmscoop – 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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Dry Weather Affecting Grass Yields…Again? Crop Insurance Could Help.

It’s late August in Maine and the U.S. Drought Monitor shows a yellow and light brown swath hugging the coast from northern to southern Maine. These colors represent the conditions of “abnormally dry” and “moderate drought”.  Just a year ago the Drought Monitor showed the same colors but concentrated in the central to southern portions […]

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Deadline for Aquaculture Crop Assistance – September 1, 2017

Attention Maine Aquaculture Producers September 1, 2017 is the deadline to enroll in the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for coverage on aquaculture crops including oysters, mussels, seaweed, etc. This program is administered through the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). Interested in learning more? An informational webinar hosted by FSA and UMaine Cooperative Extension […]

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