Maine Wild Blueberry August 2020
Drought conditions, heat stress, septoria, and labor have been serious challenges for many growers this season. According to Dr. Sean Birkel, Maine State Climatologist, the mean temperature for July 2020 tied as the fourth warmest since 1895. However, in terms of average minimum temperature, July 2020 ranks as the 2nd warmest, behind only 2010.
For a more detailed climate report check out the following:
Sprayer Calibration Review
If you’re looking for another pesticide credit, consider taking the new Sprayer Calibration Review online course. There is a one hour long video to watch and a 10 question quiz to take afterward. The quiz/credit costs $7.50.
Seed Packets from China
Unsolicited seed packets are being received by people in Maine (and across the country). If you receive any unsolicited seeds in the mail, please email Gary Fish at Gary.Fish@maine.gov with a photo of the seed packet(s) and the packaging it came in. Hang on to the seeds for now – don’t dispose of them and don’t plant them or give them away.
The return addresses on packages are from China. Some packages have just one seed, others have a packet of seeds.
Openings on the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine
There are two people nearing the end of their term. There are openings for one grower and one processor. If you are interested in serving on the Commission please send your resume to Nancy McBrady at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of August.
Micro-Enterprise Business Grant Program
The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) in partnership with the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) will provide grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five or fewer employees, with an owner whose income is in the low to moderate range as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Eligibility criteria include:
- Must be a Maine business.
- Must demonstrate a revenue loss as a direct consequence of COVID-19. Funds cannot duplicate those received from other federal, state or local programs (including other CDBG funds).
- Must have five or fewer employees including the owner(s).
- Must have a DUNS Number, which can be obtained here.
- Owner’s household income must be low/moderate as defined by HUD as verified by 2019 tax return. More details here.
How to Apply?
Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Business owners must meet with a Maine SBDC business advisor to determine eligibility and submit an application. Connect with a business advisor here.