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Tree Farm award winners honored during COVID constraints

September 6, 2020 – Turner Publishing – In ordinary times, the Maine Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year hosts Forestry Field Day, a highly anticipated, festival-like event sponsored by Maine Woodland Owners and Maine Tree Farm. This celebration draws a broad spectrum of the forest industry to tour the land and learn about the award recipients’ thoughtful forest management efforts. This year’s winners are Drs. Jessica Leahy and Bob Seymour for their 130-acre tree farm, Wicopy Woods, in the Piscataquis County village of Sebec. However, with gathering size restrictions in place in the state because of the pandemic, the traditional, high attendance Forestry Field Day event will have to wait until sometime in 2021.


New Initiative Aims To Ease Maine's Farm Labor Shortage

September 6, 2020 – By Jennifer Mitchell, Maine Public – In recent decades, farms have faced difficulties in finding enough people to work. This year, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry decided to try and do something about it with an initiative called FarmingForME, including a social media blitz, an awareness and education campaign and a new jobs web link dedicated to open farming positions.


New Mainers group raises $367K to purchase Androscoggin County farm

August 31, 2020 – By William Hall, Mainebiz – After last week completing a $367,000 crowdfunding campaign that included over 1,500 donors, a Lewiston-based group of New Mainers plans to purchase a 104-acre farm in the nearby Androscoggin County town of Wales.


Hot, dry July diminishes local blueberry yields

August 27, 2020 – By Eli Forman, Castine Patriot – Those hoping to stock up on blueberries for the freezer may have limited options this year, as drought conditions combined with coronavirus precautions have reduced yields for many producers both locally and statewide.


How to select the cold-hardiest livestock for winter farming

August 21, 2020 – By Sam Schipani, Bangor Daily News – It’s no secret that winter in Maine is cold. It can be hard to make it through the winter as a human being, but imagine being an animal spending all your time outdoors in the cold.



U.S. hemp startup got spark by turning to fellow entrepreneurs

August 14, 2020 – Hemp Today – When Dylan Veilleux arrived at the idea for transforming leftover hemp stalks into products, he turned to the vibrant startup community in the U.S. state of Maine, finding support and building key relationships first.