|USDA official talks agriculture trends during Maine visit|
Kennebec Journal - 9/24/2012. By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling – Unity: The farmers who have revitalized Maine's local agriculture movement are increasingly likely to be young and female, Kathleen Merrigan, the No. 2 agriculture official in the Obama administration, told a crowd at the Common Ground Country Fair on Sunday.
|Kickstarting the farm|
Kennebec Journal - 9/24/2012. By Betty Adams – Winthrop: From the backyard of their modern home, Justin and Suzanne Cobb and their 5-year-old son, Lorenzo, step onto a 31-acre farm that has been in the Cobb family for about 200 years. When Justin Cobb was Lorenzo's age, the farm hummed with activity: dairy cows being milked twice a day, crops growing in the fields and produce – including clamored-for corn on the cob – readied to be sold at a farmstand along U.S. Route 202.
|Looking for growth in Maine’s agricultural economy|
Bangor Daily News - 9/24/2012. By Stephanie Welcomer – Maine’s agricultural sector has played a prominent role in the state’s economy, culture and environment for more than a century. Of Maine’s approximately 20 million acres, about 1.35 million are devoted to some aspect of farming.
|Common Ground fair attracts thousands to Unity|
Bangor Daily News - 9/24/2012. Unity: Thousands of people turned out over the weekend to take in the 36th annual Common Ground Country Fair, enjoying the three-day event that celebrates rural life in Maine.