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Hutton Gives Growing Produce Tips for Reducing Soil Compaction on Farms

Mark Hutton, a vegetable specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and professor in the UMaine School of Food and Agriculture, told Growing Produce there are several methods farmers can use to protect their crops from the harmful effects of soil compaction. Methods include minimizing vehicle and foot traffic in the field, alternatives to […]

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‘Growing Maine’ orchard video released for apple season

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has released the latest installment of “Growing Maine,” a series of short documentaries highlighting Maine food producers and farm families. The third video tells the story of Patty and Gary Treworgy and their children on their second-generation orchard and family farm. Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant had a rough start […]

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Researchers receive $1 million to boost organic grain production in Maine

Researchers at the University of Maine have received a $1 million federal grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture to continue their efforts in boosting organic grain production in northern New England. “We are very excited by this new USDA award in that it recognizes the impact of the work we’ve done with farmers, millers […]

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Crop insurance webinar for veterans taking up farming

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Crop Insurance and Risk Management program announces a new webinar, “Crop Insurance 101 for Beginning Farmers who are Military Veterans.” The webinar introduces crop insurance as a risk management tool, how to navigate options, and new incentives for beginning farmers. The program aims to educate farmers about crop protection […]

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Boosting plum production in Maine

University of Maine researchers are working to bring locally grown plums to farm stands around the state. The two-year project — funded by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry — is identifying suitable plum varieties for Maine’s climate that would help diversify the state’s apple farms. The project is a joint collaboration between […]

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