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Related Extension Resources
Department of Agriculture
- Maine Department of Agriculture – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources is the State’s lead agency dealing with all aspects of the food system from the field to the table. The Department maintains multiple programs to address needs and issues affecting Maine’s natural resources. (207) 287-3871.
- National Resource Conservation Service – County soil surveys are available at local NRCS offices or online.
- USDA’s Farm Service Agency – Administers programs in conservation, disaster assistance, commodity operations, farm loans, and outreach. County offices throughout the state. State office located in Bangor (207) 990-9100 ext 2.
- USDA – The agency’s website provides access to all their programs and initiatives, plus interactive atlases, news updates and the USDA blog.
Items of Interest
- “A Guide to Doing Business in Maine.” Available from Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, 1-800-872-3838.
- Occupational Outlook for Farmers, 2010-2011, from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Coastal Enterprises Inc (CEI) is a private, nonprofit Community Development Corporation and Community Development Financial Institution that provides financing and support for job-creating small businesses, natural resources industries, community facilities, and affordable housing.
- Farm Credit of Maine is a member of the Farm Credit System, a national network of banks and lending institutions that serve U.S. agribusinesses and the nation’s rural economy.
- Maine Ag Trader allows users to barter, buy or sell products such as compost, hay, fodder, livestock and equipment.
- Maine Food Trader is a companion site that allows users to buy, sell or donate food and food-production supplies.
- Maine Farmland Trust is an award-winning statewide organization committed to strengthening farming in Maine. Their Maine FarmLink is a farm transfer program that connects prospective farmers seeking farmland with retiring farmers and other farmland owners who wish to see their agricultural lands remain active.
- Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country.
- Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (MESAS), is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of sustainable agriculture in Maine.
- New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI) is a land-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote small farm development.
- Northeast Sustainable Agriculture & Research Education (SARE) program offers competitive grants for new ideas in farming that improve profits, stewardship, and the vibrancy of farm communities.
- Start2Farm – a project of the National Agricultural Library in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation. Start2Farm is funded through a USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Beginning Farming and Ranching Development Program grant and was developed to assist people new to farming or ranching and those who have fewer than 10 years experience.
- The Greenhorns is a documentary film about America’s young farming community.
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