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The Country's First-Ever Credit Union to Lend Exclusively to Farmers and Food Producers Hits Milestone and Moves Forward

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October 15, 2018 – By Maine Harvest Credit Union, PR Newswire – Maine Harvest Credit Project has reached its $2.4M fundraising goal – a critical milestone in becoming Maine's 56th credit union and the country's first-ever to lend exclusively to farmers and food entrepreneurs. Once chartered, Maine Harvest will offer specialized loans and mortgages with a statewide goal to boost Maine's growing agricultural economy.

USDA open house in Ellsworth

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October 12, 2018 – Bangor Daily News – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is inviting the public to an open house at its new office in Ellsworth from 12-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at 474 Bucksport Rd. Specialists from NRCS will be available to answer questions about financial and technical assistance, and a representative from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is scheduled to be on hand to assist with farm record updates.

Nordic Aquafarms water discharge plan could set bar for salmon RAS farms

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October 12, 2018 – By Jason Huffman, Undercurrent News – The 7.7 million gallons of water that Nordic Aquafarms’ new land-based Atlantic salmon farm in Belfast, Maine, will -- in a few years -- pump back into its local bay every day will, in some ways, be cleaner than the water it takes out, Erik Heim, president of the company’s North American operations, told Undercurrent News.

Why This Farmer Wants To Go Beyond Organic

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October 12, 2018 – By Theresa Beckhusen, Forbes – Luke Peterson is a Minnesota farmer with the soil in his veins. He grew up in Laq qui Parle State Park, and his father was a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employee. Peterson also spent time working for the DNR, focusing on the critical undertaking of prairie restoration. During the Public Land Survey from 1847-1907, Minnesota had 18 million acres of prairie. Only 1% of that remains.

USDA Stalwart in Plan to Move ERS and NIFA Despite Mounting Opposition

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October 12, 2018 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – It’s been over 60 days since the Administration shocked the research community with a proposal to relocate the headquarters of two major federal research agencies. Under the Administration’s plan, both the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) would lose their historic homes in the nation’s capital and be relocated in yet undetermined locations as soon as next year. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) along with many others in the food, farm, and research communities, are opposing the relocation and the lack of transparency in the decision-making process.

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