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2007 Census of Agriculture — Maine

Piscataquis County Census of Agriculture

Piscataquis County
Number of farms 190
Av. size of farms 179 Acres
Market value of products sold $6,494,000
Av. per farm $34,177
Market value of selected products
Milk & other dairy $3,676,000
Mixed vegetables inc. potatoes $869,000
Other crops inc. hay $524,000
Cattle & calves $426,000

Resources to Help Piscataquis County Farmers

Piscataquis & Penobscot Farming Newsletter — Monthly electronic newsletter for all interested farmers. Surface mailed bi-monthly to residents of Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties.

Marketing

Get Real Get Maine — Maine Department of Agriculture direct marketing web site to link farmers with consumers.  There are also links to their Senior Farm Share program, Farmers’ Markets, FAQ for farmers.

Maine Highlands Farmers — the goal of these direct marketing farmers is to work together to enhance their farms through joint marketing efforts and educational programs on farming topics.

Testing

University of Maine Analytical Lab — this is the lab that does soil testing as well as manure, compost, soil amendment and plant tissue testing.

DairyOne Forage Testing Lab — this is the lab that does forage, pasture, grain and feed supplement testing. In addition to nutrient analysis they also have the capability to do mycotoxin testing.

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