Farm Resources in Oxford County

 Beginning Farmer

   
Articles on Beginning Farmer
pdf Fifth annual cover crop survey results
By:

The 2016-2017 cover crop survey report from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is now available.& ...

Cooperative Extension Service
By:

The cooperative extension service is designed to help people use research based knowledge to improve their land.  Administered through thousands of county extension offices, extension brings land-grant expertise to the most local of levels in affiliation with the state's designated land-grant universities.& ...

Beginningfarmers.org

First launched in September of 2008, Beginningfarmers.org is a comprehensive compilation of information resources on farm financing, finding land, business planning, agricultural production and marketing, and much more. It is also a constantly updated blog providing the latest information and news on farm policy, farming jobs and internships, agricultural research, and the changing face of American agriculture. Beginning Farmers provides content relevant to new, experienced, and aspiring farmers, as well as farm educators, activists, and policy makers.

Through core resource pages and frequent blog postings, Beginning farmers provides a robust and constantly growing forum for sharing information and ideas about starting new farms, and a broad range of content related to the development of sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Land Link: Connecting retiring landowners and beginning farmers to keep agriculture alive
By:

Land Link is a valuable program that connects beginning farmers with retiring landowners to faciliate farm transfers. UPDATE: The Land Link Program was retired in 2016 and will be replaced by the Hank Rohling Land Legacy Program.

What are Food Hubs
By:

A Food Hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of course-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

New Farmers Website

A new online resource provides centralized, one-stop shopping for beginning farmers and ranchers to explore the variety of USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed.

USDA’s www.usda.gov/newfarmers has in-depth information, including: how to increase access to land and capital; build new markets; participate in conservation opportunities; select and use the right risk management tools; and access USDA education and technical support programs.

Cooperative Extension links are included among the Research, Technical Assistance and Education resources. The website will also feature instructive case studies about beginning farmers who have successfully used USDA resources to start or expand their business operations.

pdf 2012 Census of Agriculture: Maine State and County Data
By:

The census provides a comprehensive picture of American agriculture in 2012.

pdf The 75th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show
By:

January 12th-14th, 2016 at the Augusta Civic Center.

pdf National Organic Farming Handbook
By:

The handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms. Producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful, particularly the resources listed in various sections.

pdf 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation
By:

The 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation was prepared as an introduction for fish and wildlife conservation providers – the on-the-ground biologists and conservation partners who help deliver Farm Bill conservation programs to landowners.

pdf Start Farming! Resources for the Beginning Farmer
By:

If you are seriously considering starting up an agricultural business, there are a number of important things to consider. Get started on the right path by defining your goals and skills, gaining experience and education, choosing your marketing strategies, and financing your agricultural venture.

pdf The Biology of Soil Compaction
By:

Soil compaction is a common and constant problem on most farms that till the soil. Heavy farm machinery can create persistent subsoil compaction (Hakansson and Reeder, 1994).

pdf Farmer's Tax Guide
By:

This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming. Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return.& ...

Let’s Get Serious About Conservation
By:

This Farm and Dairy article explains how conservation is a journey for our country.

Younger Beginning Farmers Tend To Operate Larger Farms
By:

Younger beginning farmers are more likely to operate large farms than are older operators of beginning farms. These farmers tend to earn more on their farm, and less off their farm, but have more debt than older beginning farmers.

Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts
By:

Land trusts across the country are preserving agricultural lands to support local food systems. 

Conservation Buffers on your Land

Considering conservation buffers on your land?  The USDA has 250,000 or more buffer contracts with about 160,000 farms and ranches. They may be a good choice for your land and for the environment.

pdf Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development
By:

This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture.

Does America Need More Organic Farmers?
By:

Organic farming has been one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture for over a decade.  After the USDA implemented national organic standards in 2002, certified organic farmland doubled by 2005.

Beginning Farmer Organizations & Professionals
There are 229 resources serving Oxford County in the following categories:
map itMap of Beginning Farmer Organizations & Professionals serving Oxford County
Agronomists and Crop Advisers
AgMatters LLC
Lauchlin W. Titus CPAg/CCA - Vassalboro, ME
Conservation Districts
Maine Association of Conservation Districts
Tom Gordon - Executive Director - Portland, ME
Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District
- South Paris, ME
Conservation Groups and Associations
Agrarian Trust
Brooke Werley
AGree
Deborah Atwood - Executive Director - Washington, DC
Alliance for Community Trees
Carrie Gallagher - Executive Director - Washington, DC
American Agri-Women
American Chestnut Foundation
Meghan Jordan - Director of Communications - Asheville, NC
American Forest Foundation
- Washington, DC
American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts
- Bellingham, WA
American Hiking Society
Gregory A. Miller, Ph.D - President - Silver Spring, MD
American Tree Farm System
- Washington, DC
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
- Harpers Ferry, WV
Arbor Day Foundation
- Nebraska City, NE
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Ron Regan - Executive Director - Washington, DC
Atlantic Coast Joint Venture
Mitch Hartley - Coordinator - Hadley, MA
Bat Conservation International
Andrew Walker - Executive Director - Austin, TX
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter
Roberta Clowater - Executive Director - Fredericton, NB
Center for Large Landscape Conservation
Gary M. Tabor - Executive Director - Bozeman, MT
Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance
- Missoula, MT
CitSci.org
Greg Newman - Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO
Coastal Conservation Association - National
- Houston, TX
Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
- West Lafayette, IN
Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forests Insects and Diseases
Frank Lowenstein, Forest Health Program - The Nature Conservancy - Sheffield, MA
EcoResults!
- Flagstaff, AZ
Equine Land Conservation Resource
Deb Balliet - Chief Executive Officer - Lexington, KY
Forest Guild
Fred Clark - Executive Director - Santa Fe, NM
Forest Landowners Association
Scott P. Jones - Chief Executive Office - Atlanta, GA
Forest Stewardship Council
- Minneapolis, MN
Friends of Maine Seabird Islands
- Rockland, ME
Garden for Wildlife
National Wildlife Federation - Merrifield, VA
Hidden Valley Nature Center
Andy Bezon - Forest and Recreation Specialist - Jefferson, ME
Lakes Environmental Association
Peter Lowell - Executive Director - Bridgton, ME
Land Conservation and Advocacy Trust
Steve Meltzer - Founder and Executive Director - Framingham, MA
Land For Good
- Keene , NH
Land Trust Alliance
- Washington, DC
Maine Christmas Tree Association
- Easton, ME
Maine Forest Products Council
Roberta Scruggs - Communications Director - Augusta, ME
Maine Huts & Trails
- Kingfield, ME
Maine Lakes Society
Cheryl Perusse Daigle - Executive Director - Belgrade Lakes, ME
Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program
Dawn Hallowell - Maine DEP - Augusta, ME
Maine Rivers
Landis Hudson - Executive Director - Yarmouth, ME
Maine Sporting Camp Association
- Augusta, ME
Maine Sporting Camp Heritage Foundation
John Rust - President - Hampden, ME
Mississippi Wildlife Federation
- Madison , MS
National Association of State Foresters
Amanda Cooke - Director of Communications - Washington , DC
National Audubon Society
- New York, NY
National Family Farm Coaltion
- Washington, DC
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Jeff Trandahl - Executive Director and CEO - Washington, DC
National Forestry Association
Keith A. Argow - President, Director at Large - Vienna, VA
National Mitigation Banking Association
- Washington, DC
National Network of Forest Practitioners
Colin Donohue - Executive Director - Athens, OH
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Jeremy Emmi - Managing Director - Washington, DC
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Amy Maniatis - Chief Marketing Officer - Washington, DC
National Wild Turkey Federation
Bryan Burhans - Director of Land Management Programs - Edgefield, SC
National Wildlife Federation
- Reston, VA
NatureServe
Mary Klein - President & CEO - Arlington, VA
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
- Waitsfield, VT
Partnership for Conservation
Randy Bampfield - Co-Chair- Legal Committee - Washington, DC
Pheasants Forever
- St Paul, MN
Pinchot Institute for Conservation
V. Alaric Sample - President - Washington, DC
Pollinator Partnership
- San Francisco, CA
Quality Deer Management Association
- Bogart, GA
Quebec-Labrador Foundation
Larry Morris - President - Ipswich, MA
Saco River Corridor Commission
Joy Chasse - Administrative Assistant - Cornish, ME
Sand County Foundation
Kevin Kiley, Development & Communications - Madison, WI
Sportsman's Alliance of Maine
David Trahan - Executive Director - Augusta, ME
Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development
Judith KohlerCO
St. Croix International Waterway Commission
Heather Almeda - Manager - St. Stephen, NB
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Kathy Abusow - President and CEO - Washington, DC
Sustainable Forests Roundtable
Tax Credit Connection, Inc.
Ariel Steele, Owner - Longmont, CO
Terrafirma RRG LLC
Jeremy Johnston - Account Administrator, Marsh Captive Solutions - Burlington, VT
The Climate Trust
- Portland, OR
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Lindsay Thomas - Chairman - Washington, DC
The Conservation Fund
- Arlington, VA
The Fund for Wild Nature
Jeff Petersen, Esq. - Executive Director - Kelso, WA
The Land Institute
- Salina, KS
The Trust for Public Land, Maine State Office
- Portland, ME
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
- Portland, OR
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists
Bruce Thacker - President - Thunder Bay, ON
Tin Mountain Conservation Center
- Albany, NH
Trout Headwaters, Inc.
- Livingston, MT
Turtle Islands Earth Stewards
Tyhson Banighen - Tappen, BC
Two Countries, One Forest
Bill Weber - Executive Director - Toronto, ON
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)
- Chesterfield, MO
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
Ian Wilcox - General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer - London, ON
USA National Phenology Network
Jake Weltzin - Executive Director - Tucson, AZ
Valleys 2000
Bill Huether - Treasurer - Bowmanville, ON
Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation
- Halifax, VA
Wild Ones
Donna VanBuecken - Executive Director - Neenah, WI
Wildlife Alliance of Maine
Daryl DeJoy - Executive Director - Bangor, ME
Women, Food & Agriculture Network
- Ames, IA
Cooperative Extension
Cooperative Extension in Oxford County
Katelyn Duval - Administrative Specialist - South Paris, ME
Federal and State Tax Incentives and Programs
Current Agricultural Use Value
- Ohio Department of Agriculture Office of Farmland Preservation - Reynoldsburg, OH
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center - Raleigh, NC
Farmland Tax Law Program
Maine Revenue Services - Property Tax Division - Augusta, ME
Federal Endangered Species Tax Deduction
US Fish and Wildlife Service - Arlington, VA
Open Space Current Use Program
Maine Revenue Services - Property Tax Division - Augusta, ME
Tree Growth Current Use Program
Maine Revenue Services - Property Tax Division - Augusta, ME
Working Waterfront Program
Maine Revenue Services - Property Tax Division - Augusta, ME
Government Agencies
Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
Farm Service Agency
USDA - Washington, DC
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
- Augusta, ME
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
- Augusta, ME
National Invasive Species Council
U.S. Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA - Washington, DC
State and Private Forestry
USDA Forest Service - Office of Communication - Washington, DC
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Washington, DC
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
Irrigation Suppliers and Contractors
Agri Drain
Charlie Schafer - President - Adair, IA
BountiGel
mOasis Inc - Union City, CA
Maximized Water Management LLC
William (Bill) Fuchs - Owner - Chester, ID
Netafim Drip-Micro Irrigation Products
Netafim USA - Fresno, CA
Pump Monitor
PowWow Energy, Inc. - Sunnyvale, CA
Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Chris Roth - President - Deshler, NE
Tule Evapotranspiration
Tule Technologies Inc - Tom Shapland - Concord, CA
Land Surveyors
Brian P. Taylor
Plisga & Day Land Surveyors - Bangor , ME
Corner Post Land Surveying
- Springvale, ME
Doucet Survey, Inc.
William J. Doucet - Newmarket, NH
Ed Friedman
Point of View Helicopter Services - President / Chief Pilot - Bowdoinham, ME
Mark A. Adams
Sebago Technics, Inc. - President/CEO - South Portland, ME
Steven Michaud, LLS
Doucet Survey, Inc. - Vice President - Newmarket, NH
Rural-Farmer, Rancher, and Fishery Cooperatives
Agri-Mark Inc.
Richard Stammer - President/CEO - Lawrence, MA
Get Real Get Maine
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Augusta, ME
Maine Potato Growers Inc.
Jennifer Sonntag - CFO - Presque Isle, ME
Pineland Farms, Inc.
Dale Maschino - New Gloucester, ME
Slow Money Maine
Avery Larned - Administrative Assistant - York Harbor, ME
Winter Harbor Lobster Cooperative
Douglas Torrey - President - Winter Harbor, ME
Small Farm Resources
Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine
Tori Jackson - Chair - Lisbon Falls, ME
Casella Organics
Jen McDonnell - Director of Sales & Marketing - Portland, ME
Dirt Capital Partners
Jacob Israelow - Founder & Managing Director - Hudson, NY
Keep Local Farms Fund
- Boston, MA
Living Habitats
Heidi Natura, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP - Founder & Partner - Chicago, IL
Millstone Farm
- Wilton, CT
New England Small Farm Institute
- Belchertown, MA
Northeast Farm Access, LLC
Bob Bernstein - Managing Director - Keene, NH
Paris Farmers Union
Audrey Chapman - South Paris, ME
Rick Chase
Chase Farms - Owner - Wells, ME
Slow Money Maine
Avery Larned - Administrative Assistant - York Harbor, ME
Thomas DeCoste
Foxgreen Farm - Owner - Seboeis Plantation, ME
WoodPrairie Farm
Jim & Megan Gerritsen - Bridgewater, ME
State Funding / Technical Resources
Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
- Arlington, VA
Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine
Tori Jackson - Chair - Lisbon Falls, ME
Kent Nelson
Maine Forest Service - Fire Prevention Specialist/Firewise State Liaison - Augusta, ME
Land for Maine's Future
Sarah Demers - Director - Augusta, ME
Maine Farmland Protection Program
Stephanie Gilbert - Farmland Protection Specialist
Maine Department of Agriculture Food, and Rural Resources - Augusta, ME
Maine Farms for the Future Program
Stephanie Gilbert - Farmland Protection Specialist
Maine Department of Agriculture Food, and Rural Resources - Augusta, ME
Maine Landowner Incentive Program
SARAH DEMERS - Augusta, ME
Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
Carol Gay - Secretariat - Pittston, ME
Prairie Grouse Partners
Ralph Rogers - Executive Director of the North American Grouse Partnership - Waverly, NE
Senior Farm Share Program
Julie Waller - Senior FarmShare Manager - Augusta, ME
Stewardship Program offered by the Maine Forest Service (Archived)
- Maine Forest Service - Augusta, ME
Whitewater to Bluewater Project
Lisa Havel - Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Coordinator - Arlington, VA
Woods Wise Incentives to Stewardship Enhancement
Andy Shultz - MFS Landowner Outreach Forester - Augusta, ME
USDA - FSA Programs
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Biomass Crop Assistance Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
CP33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds
Kristine Evans, Program Coordinator - Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Mississippi State University - Mississippi State, MS
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Conservation Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Forest Restoration Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Operating Loans & Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Operating Loans - Maine
Don Todd - State Executive Director - USDA Farm Service Agency - Bangor, ME
Farm Ownership Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Ownership Loans - Maine
Don Todd - State Executive Director - USDA Farm Service Agency - Bangor, ME
Farmable Wetlands Program (FWP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Grassland Reserve Program- REPEALED
USDA Farm Service Agency
Guaranteed Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Forage Disaster Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Indemnity Program
USDA FSA
Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers- Maine
Don Todd - State Executive Director - USDA Farm Service Agency - Bangor, ME
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Transition Incentives Program (TIP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA - NRCS Programs
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)
Dave Mason - Financial Assistance Programs Division - Washington, DC
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)- REPEALED
Mark Parson - Program Contact
Big Flats Plant Materials Center
Mike Fournier - PMC Manager (acting) - Corning, NY
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Stacy Swartwood - National CIG Program Analyst - Washington, DC
Conservation of Private Grazing Land (CPGL)
Conservation Security Program
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
NRCS
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)- REPEALED
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
Fred Reaves - National Emergency Watershed Protection Program Manager
Emergency Watershed Protection Program- Floodplain Easement
Jason Weller, Chief - USDA-NRCS - Washington, DC
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
NRCS
EQIP Organic Initiative
Lindsay Haines - EQIP Specialist for Organic
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)- REPEALED
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
- Tampa, FL
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) REPEALED
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
USDA NRCS
Maine Conservation Stewardship Program
Bill Yamartino - State CSP ContactME
Maine Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Alice Begin - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Bangor, ME
National Grazing Lands Coalition
Kimberli Stine - National GLC Coordinator - Fort Worth, TX
National Water Quality Initiative
USDA NRCS
Norman A Berg National Plant Materials Center
Ramon Ortiz - PMC Manager (acting) - Beltsville, MD
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Louis Aspey, Chief of Staff - Regional Conservationist - Washington, DC
Small scale solutions for your farm
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
USDA NRCS
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP)
NRCS
Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)- REPEALED
Garry Lee - Acting Director, Easement Programs Division - Washington, DC
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)- REPEALED
- Washington, DC
Working Lands for Wildlife
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
USDA Programs - Other
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program
Jill Auburn, PhD - National Program Leader - Division of Agricultural Systems - Washington, DC
Celebrate Urban Birds
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Ithaca, NY
Conservation Reserve Program Longleaf Pine Initiative
Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants
USDA Rural Development
Farmers Market Promotion Program
Douglas Keeler, Director - Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2)
USDA - Washington, DC
Local Food Promotion Program
Nicole Nelson Miller - LFPP Program Manager - Washington, DC
New Farmers
USDA
Organic Certification Cost Share Programs
Rita Meade - OCCSP Coordinator - Washington, DC
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
Lori Washington - USDA Rural Development Loan Specialist
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program
Rob Hedberg - SARE Director - Washington, DC
The Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
Business and Cooperative Programs - National Office, USDA Rural Development - Washington, DC
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
- Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
Value-Added Producer Grant Program
USDA Office of Rural Development

 Farm Best Management Practices

   
Articles on Farm Best Management Practices
pdf Fifth annual cover crop survey results
By:

The 2016-2017 cover crop survey report from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is now available.& ...

pdf Stream Crossing
By:

Learn about small scale solutions for your farm with this instructional pamphlet.

AgroClimate

AgroClimate is an innovative web-resource for decision-support and learning, providing interactive tools and climate information to improve crop management decisions and reduce production risks associated with climate variability, climate change, and extreme weather events. Users can monitor variables of interest such as growing degree days, chill hours, freeze risk, disease risks for selected crops, and current and projected drought conditions. Users can also learn about the impacts of climate cycles affecting the Southeastern United States, such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

AgroClimate uses crop simulation models along with historic, current, and forecasted climate data to allow decision makers to compare changes in probable outcomes under different climate conditions.

Water and carbon footprint calculators on AgroClimate can provide system-specific estimates of how efficiently water and energy are being used. AgroClimate also includes educational resources, including videos and fact sheets, about management practices and technologies that can help improve efficiency of production and decrease the vulnerability of agricultural systems to climate variability and change.

AgroClimate is regularly used during training events for County Extension faculty and during workshops with agricultural producers. Its modular platform allows for an easy replication in other geographies and for content expansion.

pdf How to Compost and Use Horse Manure- A Step-By-Step Guide for Horse Owners
By:

Provides essential steps for building and using a horse manure composting system that can be managed without the aid of a tractor. This system is intended for backyard or small farm (ranchette) operations with 1 to 5 horses.

pdf Creating & Using a Sacrifice Area for Horses- A Good Start for Healthy Pastures
By:

A sacrifice area is any small enclosure intended to be a horse's outdoor living quarters during the winter and spring. These areas can improve the health and productivity of pastures.

pdf Farmer's Tax Guide
By:

This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming. Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return.& ...

pdf How to Choose a Certification Agency and the Organic Certification Process
By:

There are many USDA accredited certification agencies that can certify your farm or enterprise as organic. So how do you find the right agency to work with you? Here are some questions you should ask the agencies and some things to ask neighboring farmers.

pdf Managing Manure with Biogas Recovery Systems BMPs
By:

Improved performance at competitive costs is promised by this 2002 EPA publication all about anaerobic digestion and biogas recovery for energy.

pdf Working Lands For Wildlife
By:

Through Working Lands for Wildlife —a voluntary, incentive-based effort—the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its conservation partners will provide landowners with technical and financial assistance to: Restore populations of declining wildlife species.

pdf Managing Manure Nutrients at Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

A lengthy document from EPA (2004), Managing Manure contains information pertinent to Large CAFOs in the Dairy Cows and Cattle other than Veal Calves and the Swine, Poultry, and Veal Calves subcategories of the final CAFO regulations.

pdf Working Trees for Agriculture
By:

Putting trees to work in conservation and production systems for farms, ranches, and nearby communities means planting the right trees, in the right places and in the correct design to achieve desired objectives.

pdf Watering Facilities for Managed Grazing Systems
By:

pdf Drainage Ditch Research Reveals Opportunities for Cleaning Up Runoff
By:

 Vegetated drainage ditches can help clean up runoff water.

pdf Farmers’ Guide to Wind Energy
By:

A 293 page guide to the Legal Issues in Farming the Wind on your farm from June 2007

pdf Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard
By:

Nutrient Management is defined as the management of the 4R's of Nutrient Management:Right amount (rate), Right source, Right placement (method of application), Right timing of commercial fertilizers, manure, soil amendments, and organic by-products to agricultural landscapes as a source of plant nutrients while protecting local air, soil and water quality.

 Farm Income Opportunities

   
Articles on Farm Income Opportunities
Maine Food Map

The Eat Local Foods Coalition has developed this map to help consumers and food producers connect.  Eat Maine Foods is the networking site of the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine (ELFC), a coalition of groups and people working to put more Maine foods on more Maine tables more often

The Maine Food Map is an evolving project. The beta version that is currently available has been created with a very limited budget using free mapping software by ZeeMaps. 

The Eat Local Foods Coalition (ELFC) is a state-wide coalition that seeks to put more Maine food on more Maine tables more often.  Doing so will result in economic benefits, greater local food security and sovereignty, enhanced health and nutrition and vibrant local food culture.  

ELFC is a collaborative coalition of organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals interested in creating a shift towards a locally-based food system that is economically vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and healthy.

Maine Food Atlas

The Maine Food Atlas has been created by the Network of Community Food Councils, working closely with the Center for Community GIS.

The Maine Food Atlas encourages diverse food operators—growers, processors, farm to school groups, food security organizations—to use the website and put themselves “on the map.” Users can establish free Maine Food Atlas accounts, which allow them to richly describe their work, load photos, and independently manage their postings over time.

As the Maine Food Atlas grows, Community Food Councils will provide mid-level support and serve as regional moderators for listings in their respective service areas. Through “curated crowdsourcing,” assigned local food council members will be alerted whenever a new listing is added. They will also be available to reach out to help folks create robust, beautiful listings.

The Atlas was launched in "beta" format in May 2015 following pilot mapping work in Oxford County. The site will continue to evolve and improve. Feedback is great, so please tell us what you think. 

The Maine Network of Community Food Councils is seeking partners to grow and enhance the Maine Food Atlas and welcomes opportunities to discuss and explore collaborations and partnerships.

AgProfit™

AgProfit™ is a computer program designed to assist agricultural producers make long-run decisions when implementing technologies to a specific crop or analyzing cropping systems. AgProfit™ estimates machinery, labor, and production input costs as well as fruit size, grade, and total yield for calculating returns for crops with multiple establishment and production years. The program allows you to inflate specific return and input cost items over time to analyze the net present value, internal rate of return, and financial feasibility when implementing a particular technology, making minor changes to returns or input costs, or comparing cropping systems.

AgProfit™ is free to use and requires users to register with the AgTools website and obtain a license.

View the AgProfit™ presentation

UPDATE:

The AgTools™ web site is currently unavailable. If you are requesting a AgProfit™, AgLease™, or AgFinance™ program, a license file, or need other assistance please contact Clark Seavert, clark.seavert@oregonstate.edu.

The new online program AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC will replace the AgTools™ suite of software programs. This exciting new program will be released about September 1, 2015. You can track the progress of the AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC program by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

pdf Taking the First Step: Farm and Ranch Alternative Enterprise and Agritourism Resource Evaluation Guide
By:

This publication was prepared in response to requests from local advisors, farmers, and ranchers for a simple guide to the first step in identifying alternative income-producing agricultural enterprises and agritourism opportunities.

What are Food Hubs
By:

A Food Hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of course-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

pdf The Regional Food Hub Resource Guide
By:

The guide is an extensive collection of information and resources, providing background on everything needed to develop or participate in a regional food hub.

Farmer’s Markets

Farmers' markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers.

Community Supported Agriculture: What It is and Where to Find It

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is the practice of focusing on the local production of high quality foods with the support of a consumer group that is willing to fund a whole season's budget in order to get quality foods.

Grasslands and Carbon: Processes and Trends
By:

Rebecca McCulley of the University of Kentucky, Dept. of Plant & Soil Sciences presents this video short course on Grasslands, which make up 30% of the U.S ...

pdf Guide to Environmental Markets for Farmers and Ranchers
By:

The Guide to Environmental Markets for Farmers and Ranchers, produced by the American Farmland Trust (AFT), provides an overview of available market opportunities for environmental credits and services, how farmers and ranchers can get involved in them, and ways to encourage their continued growth.

pdf Regional Food Hubs: Linking Producers to new markets
By:

This presentation illustrates what the core components of food hubs are; provides examples of  successful food hubs, one urban - La Montanita Co-op Food Market in New Mexico, and one rural - Appalachian Sustainable Development in Virginia; describes the lessons learned to date about coordinating successful food hubs; maps existing and potential food hubs; and, finally, gives the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Regional Food Hub Subcommittees work plan for the future.

pdf Selling at Farmers Markets
By:

Ideas and information to make your venture a success.

Rural Bounty

Explore North America's Rural Bounty

Discover the rich bounty of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, outdoor activities, and family fun that our rural countryside has to offer!

  • Daytrip or Vacation to a Farm or Ranch
  • Pick Your Own-Fruits, Pumpkins, Trees
  • Discover Charming Countryside Wineries
  • Challenge Your Hunting & Outdoor Skills

In the U.S. and Canada, there are approximately 65,000 farms and ranches that invite the public to visit, and more and more are becoming members on the Rural Bounty website. We invite you to come back often to plan relaxing day trips, or weeks away, enjoying the Rural Bounty of North America.  Visit website »

 

Farm Income Opportunities Organizations & Professionals
There are 392 resources serving Oxford County in the following categories:
map itMap of Farm Income Opportunities Organizations & Professionals serving Oxford County
Agritourism
Alden Longfellow's Greenhouses
- Farmingdale, ME
Amber Lambke
Maine Grains - Skowhegan, ME
Applecrest Farm
- Hampton Falls, NH
Get Real Get Maine
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Augusta, ME
Harvest Hill Farms
Kathie & Peter Bolduc - Mechanic Falls, ME
Pineland Farms, Inc.
Dale Maschino - New Gloucester, ME
Thomas DeCoste
Foxgreen Farm - Owner - Seboeis Plantation, ME
Treworgy Orchards
- Levant, ME
Turner Farm & Nebo Lodge Island Inn & Restaurant
Hannah Pingree - North Haven, ME
Conservation Credit Markets
Bradley Raffle
Conservation Capital - CEO - Eugene, OR
Dave Gibson
IFC/World Bank - Senior Environmental Risk Specialist - Warrenton, VA
Eco-Asset Solutions & Innovations LLC
William Coleman - Co-Founder & CEO - Redwood City, CA
Ecosystem Economics LLC
- Bend, OR
National Mitigation Banking Association
- Washington, DC
Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC
Ross Guidry - Region Land Manager - Lafayette, LA
Tax Credit Connection, Inc.
Ariel Steele, Owner - Longmont, CO
Conservation Districts
Maine Association of Conservation Districts
Tom Gordon - Executive Director - Portland, ME
Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District
- South Paris, ME
Cooperative Extension
Cooperative Extension in Oxford County
Katelyn Duval - Administrative Specialist - South Paris, ME
Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service Programs
Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force
Susan Mangin - Executive Secretary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Arlington, VA
Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Candidate Conservation Program
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Emergency Stabilization - Burned Area Rehabiliation
Erv Gasser - DOI National Interagency BAER Team Leader - Seattle, WA
Fish Passage Program - Northeast Region
Janice Rowan - Fish Passage Program Coordinator - Hadley, MA
Gulf of Maine Coastal Program
Jed Wright - Gulf of Maine CP Project Leader - Falmouth, ME
Habitat Conservation Plans
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Landowner Incentive Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Migratory Bird Program
Brad Bortner, Division Chief - Division of Migratory Bird Management - Falls Church, VA
National Fish Passage Program
Susan Wells - National Fish Passage Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants Program
Guy Foulks - NMBCA Program Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants Program
U.S. Department of the Interior - Arlington, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants Program
Rodecia Mcknight - Small Grants Program Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Standard Grants Program
Stacy Sanchez - U.S. Standard Grants Program Proposal Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Andrew Milliken / North Atlantic LCC Coordinator - US Fish and Wildlife ServiceMA
Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative
Deanna Spooner - PICCC Coordinator - Honolulu, HI
Partners For Fish And Wildlife Program - National
See Description
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Maine
Fred Seavey - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Orono, ME
Safe Harbor Agreements
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Coastal Program
- Arlington , VA
Wildland Fire Information and Technology (WFIT)
Forests and RangelandsTX
Working Lands for Wildlife
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
Ecotourism
Aroostook State Park
- Presque Isle, ME
Baxter State Park Authority
- Millinocket, ME
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
- Boothbay, ME
Freeport Wild Bird Supply
Jeannette and Derek Lovitch - Owners - Freeport, ME
Grafton Notch State Park
- Newry, ME
Libby Camps
Matt & Ellen Libby - Masardis, ME
Lupine Farm
- Vassalboro, ME
Maine Huts & Trails
- Kingfield, ME
McLaughlin Garden & Homestead
- South Paris, ME
New England Outdoor Center
Matt Polstein - Owner - Millinocket, ME
Ten High Street
- Camden, ME
The Bradford Camps
Igor and Karen Sikorsky - Ashland, ME
Turner Farm & Nebo Lodge Island Inn & Restaurant
Hannah Pingree - North Haven, ME
White Mountain National Forest
- Campton, NH
Farm Ranch And Forest Retailers
AFM Land Sales, LLC
- Charlotte, NC
Cobacha, LLC
Kurt Oriol - Director - New York, NY
CoBank
Robert B. Engel - Chief Executive Officer - Greenwood Village, CO
Dow AgroSciences LLC
- Indianapolis, IN
Forest Safety Products
Forest Safety Products - Van Hornesville, NY
Mark Rabon
Integrated Forest Management - President - Turner, ME
MooseWood Millworks
Keith Ressler - Manager - Ashland, ME
Pineland Farms, Inc.
Dale Maschino - New Gloucester, ME
Food Hubs and Farmers Markets
Amber Lambke
Maine Grains - Skowhegan, ME
Applecrest Farm
- Hampton Falls, NH
Bethel Farmers Market
- Bethel, ME
Broken Acres Farm at Augusta Farmers' Market CSA
Teresa Johnston - Jefferson, ME
Buckfield Farmers Market and Co-Op
- Buckfield, ME
Lovell Farmers Market
- Lovell, ME
Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets
Leigh Hallett - Executive Director - Pittsfield, ME
Norway Farmers Market
- Norway, ME
River Valley Farmers Market in Rumford
- Rumford, ME
Grant Programs
Acorn Foundation
- Oakland, CA
Acres for America
Thomas E. Kelsch - Vice President, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund - Washington, DC
Animal Protection Program
Melanie K. Anderson, Director - The Summerlee Foundation - Colorado Springs, CO
BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grants
Alanna Keating - Alexandria, VA
Bring Back the Natives
Cara Rose - National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Western Partnership Office - Portland, OR
Celebrate Urban Birds
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Ithaca, NY
Clean Water Act Section 319
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Washington, DC
Common Counsel Foundation
Laura Livoti - CEO - Oakland, CA
Conservation Partners Program
Eric Forward - Program Director, Central Region Working Lands - Bloomington, MN
Conservation Partners Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Washington, DC
Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund Grants
Kelly Bibb or David Dell - Grant Program Contacts - Atlanta, GA
Cooperative Watershed Management Program
Bureau of Reclamation Office of Program & Policy Services - Denver, CO
Dirt Capital Partners
Jacob Israelow - Founder & Managing Director - Hudson, NY
Environmental Solutions for Communities
Carrie Clingan - Manager, Community-Based Conservation Programs - Washington, DC
FishAmerica Foundation Conservation Grants
Ruth Jackson - Grants Manager - Alexandria, VA
Forestry on Indian Lands
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs - Washington, DC
Fund-a-Farmer Project
Food Animal Concerns Trust - Chicago, IL
Keep Local Farms Fund
- Boston, MA
Keystone Initiatives
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Washington, DC
Maine Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program
Ellen Mallory, Maine Coordinator - Univ. of Maine Cooperative Extension - Orono, ME
Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA)
Yasuyuki Sugiura - President - New York, NY
National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Washington, DC
No Small Potatoes Investment Club
Sally Madore - York Harbor, ME
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Brise Tencer - Executive Director - Santa Cruz, CA
Pulling Together Initiative
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Washington, DC
ShadeFund
Marten Jenkins - President - Shepherdstown, WV
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program
Rob Hedberg - SARE Director - Washington, DC
The Conservation Alliance
John Sterling - Executive Director - Bend, OR
The FruitGuys Community Fund
Chris Mittelstaedt - Founder and Project DirectorCA
The Fund for Wild Nature
Jeff Petersen, Esq. - Executive Director - Kelso, WA
The Summerlee Foundation
Lynne Starnes - Director of Administration - Dallas, TX
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
U.S. Endowment for Forests and Communities Program
SFI and US Endowment for Forest and Communities Inc - Washington, DC
Value-Added Producer Grant Program
USDA Office of Rural Development
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP)
NRCS
Small Farm Resources
Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine
Tori Jackson - Chair - Lisbon Falls, ME
Casella Organics
Jen McDonnell - Director of Sales & Marketing - Portland, ME
Dirt Capital Partners
Jacob Israelow - Founder & Managing Director - Hudson, NY
Keep Local Farms Fund
- Boston, MA
Living Habitats
Heidi Natura, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP - Founder & Partner - Chicago, IL
Millstone Farm
- Wilton, CT
New England Small Farm Institute
- Belchertown, MA
Northeast Farm Access, LLC
Bob Bernstein - Managing Director - Keene, NH
Paris Farmers Union
Audrey Chapman - South Paris, ME
Rick Chase
Chase Farms - Owner - Wells, ME
Slow Money Maine
Avery Larned - Administrative Assistant - York Harbor, ME
Thomas DeCoste
Foxgreen Farm - Owner - Seboeis Plantation, ME
WoodPrairie Farm
Jim & Megan Gerritsen - Bridgewater, ME
State Funding / Technical Resources
Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
- Arlington, VA
Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine
Tori Jackson - Chair - Lisbon Falls, ME
Kent Nelson
Maine Forest Service - Fire Prevention Specialist/Firewise State Liaison - Augusta, ME
Land for Maine's Future
Sarah Demers - Director - Augusta, ME
Maine Farmland Protection Program
Stephanie Gilbert - Farmland Protection Specialist
Maine Department of Agriculture Food, and Rural Resources - Augusta, ME
Maine Farms for the Future Program
Stephanie Gilbert - Farmland Protection Specialist
Maine Department of Agriculture Food, and Rural Resources - Augusta, ME
Maine Landowner Incentive Program
SARAH DEMERS - Augusta, ME
Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
Carol Gay - Secretariat - Pittston, ME
Prairie Grouse Partners
Ralph Rogers - Executive Director of the North American Grouse Partnership - Waverly, NE
Senior Farm Share Program
Julie Waller - Senior FarmShare Manager - Augusta, ME
Stewardship Program offered by the Maine Forest Service (Archived)
- Maine Forest Service - Augusta, ME
Whitewater to Bluewater Project
Lisa Havel - Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Coordinator - Arlington, VA
Woods Wise Incentives to Stewardship Enhancement
Andy Shultz - MFS Landowner Outreach Forester - Augusta, ME
Sustainable Ag / Community Supported Agriculture
3 Level Farm
Christopher Hahn - Phippsburg, ME
A Stone’s Throw Farm
Paul & Christine Lipsky - Newburgh, ME
AAA Greenhouse and Valley Farms
Bruce Valley - Corinna, ME
After the Fall Farm Winter CSA
Maia Campoamor & Jacob Mentlik - Montville, ME
Agricola Farms
- Union, ME
Albee Farming
Everett Albee - Alna, ME
Alma Farm
Gina & Geof Hancock - Porter, ME
Andy’s Greens
Andre Gagnon - York, ME
Apple Creek Farm CSA
- Bowdoinham, ME
Applecrest Farm
- Hampton Falls, NH
Applegard Farm
Sofie Larsen - N Berwick, ME
Ararat Farms
Jed Beach - Lincolnville, ME
Ashgrove Farm & Gardens
John & Lucy Pincince - Lincolnville, ME
Bahner Farm
Christa & Mike Bahner - Belmont, ME
Bar Harbor Community Farm
Brandon and Glenon - Bar Harbor, ME
Beddington Ridge
Ron & Carol Varin - Beddington, ME
Beech Hill Farm
Alisha Strater, Farm Manager - Mount Desert, ME
Black Bear Food Guild
Eric Gallandt - Orono, ME
Black Kettle Farm
Laura Neale - Lyman, ME
Bluebird Hill Farm
Rosey Guest - Jefferson, ME
Brae Maple Farm
Andrea Smith - Union, ME
Brighton Farm
Bob & Arleen Lovelace - Athens, ME
Broadturn Farm
Stacy Brenner or John Bliss - Scarborough, ME
Broken Acres Farm
Terry Johnston - Jefferson, ME
Broken Acres Farm at Augusta Farmers' Market CSA
Teresa Johnston - Jefferson, ME
Buckwheat Blossom Farm
Jeff or Amy Burchstead - Wiscasset, ME
Buttermilk Hill Farm
Sue & Ellen Gawler - Belgrade, ME
Carding Brook Farm
Jennifer Schroth & Jonathan Ellsworth - Brooklin, ME
Carding Brook Farm
Jennifer Schroth or Jonathan Ellsworth - Sedgwick, ME
Cobscook Bay Resource Center
Will Hopkins - Eastport, ME
Counterpoint Farm
Leslie & Ben Geissinger - Jay, ME
County Fair Farm
Sue Williamson - Jefferson, ME
Crystal Spring Community Farm
Seth Kroeck or Maura Bannon - Brunswick, ME
Cultivating Community
Craig Lapine - Executive Director - Portland, ME
Dandelion Spring Farm
Beth Schiller - Newcastle, ME
Darthia Farm
Bill & Cynthia Thayer - Gouldsboro, ME
David's Folly Farm
Greg, Meg & Aubrey - Brooksville, ME
Deep Roots Farm
Judy Bullard and Pam Anderson - Scarborough, ME
DeerWood Farm & Gardens
Beverly and Brian Hendricks - Waterford, ME
Deri Farm
Justin Deri - N. Yarmouth, ME
Dig Deep Farm
Dalziel Lewis - Richmond, ME
Dragonfly Cove Farm
- Dresden, ME
Fail Better Farm
Clayton Carter - Etna, ME
Fairwinds Farm
Pete & Cathy Karonis - Topsham, ME
Fare Share Farm
Albert E Small III or Lauri Ackley - Canton, ME
Finson Farm
Bill Fletcher - S Berwick, ME
Fire Fly Farm
Billi Barker - St Albans, ME
Fishbowl Farm
Christopher Cavendish - Bowdoinham, ME
Fisher Farm
Dennis Fisher & Beth Haine - Winterport, ME
Freedom Farm
Daniel Price or Ginger Dermott - Freedom, ME
Fresh Start Farms
Amy Carrington - Lisbon, ME
Frith Farm
Daniel Mays - Scarborough, ME
Get Real Get Maine
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Augusta, ME
Göranson Farm
Jan Göranson - Dresden, ME
Goshen Farm
William Young - Bridgewater, ME
Grassland Organic Farm
Sarah & Garin Smith - Skowhegan, ME
Green Ledges Farm
Jason Hartford - Parkman, ME
Green Spark Farm
Austin & Mary Ellen Chadd - South Portland, ME
Green Valley Farm
Jim Peterson - Dresden, ME
Groundwork Farm
Luke Donahue - Alfred, ME
Guini Ridge Farm
Bruce & Wendy Reinemann - Union, ME
Happy Town Farm
Paul & Karen Volckhausen - Orland , ME
Harris Farm
Rachel Harris - Dayton, ME
Harry Brown’s Farm
Harry Brown - Starks, ME
Harvest Hill Farms
Kathie & Peter Bolduc - Mechanic Falls, ME
Harvest Moon Produce
Patricia Verrill - West Paris, ME
Hatch Knoll Farm
Kim Roos - Jonesboro, ME
Hatchet Cove Farm
Reba Richardson or Bill Pluecker - Warren, ME
Hatchtown Farm
- Bristol, ME
Heritage Hill Farm
Lani & Chance Carlson - Belgrade, ME
Highland Blueberry Farm and Highland Organics®
Tom and Theresa Gaffney - Stockton Springs, ME
Home Grown Farm
Cynthia Rosen - Washington, ME
Hoof 'n Paw Farm
Bob Basile & Karla Bock - New Sharon, ME
Hope’s Edge Farm & CSA
Tom Griffin - Hope, ME
Island Farm
Jim & Ellen James - Avon, ME
Jordan's Farm
Penny Jordan - Cape Elizabeth, ME
Juniper Edge Farm
Jeanne E. Johnson - Brunswick, ME
Keep Local Farms Fund
- Boston, MA
Kelley Farm and Greenhouse
Chris Kelley - Monmouth, ME
King Hill Farm
Jo Barrett & Dennis King - Penobscot, ME
Lalibela Farm
Jaime & Andrew Berhanu - Dresden, ME
Laughing Stock Farm
Lisa Turner - Freeport, ME
Life Force Farm
Ben Dearnley - Bowdoinham, ME
Little Ridge Farm
Keena Tracy - Lisbon Falls, ME
Little River Flower Farm
Nancy & Bruce Stedman - Buxton, ME
Living Land Farm
Mark Allen Jr - Winterport, ME
LolliePapa Farm
Don & Jeanette Baldridge - West Paris, ME
Lone Moose Farm
R.D. “Moose” Sibley - Carroll Plantation, ME
Long Meadow Farm
Denis Thoet - West Gardiner, ME
Longmeadows Farm
Xandy Brown - Benton, ME
Lupine Farm
- Vassalboro, ME
MacLeod Farm
- New Sweden, ME
Maine Christmas Tree Association
- Easton, ME
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)
- Unity, ME
Maine Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program
Ellen Mallory, Maine Coordinator - Univ. of Maine Cooperative Extension - Orono, ME
Mandala Farm
Sara Faull - Gouldsboro, ME
Many Hands Farm
John & Michelle Palumbo - Thorndike, ME
Maple Ridge Farm and Fishery
Tracy Ames - Sabattus, ME
Maple Springs Farm
Mark Heidmann - Harrison, ME
Marble Family Farms
Andrew Marble - Farmington, ME
Mary’s Gardens
Mary Gaeta and Joe Varricchio - Pittsfield, ME
Meadowood Farm
Donald Beckwith & Bruce Hincks - Yarmouth, ME
Meadowsweet Farm
Paula & Sumner Roberts - Swanville, ME
Meservey Farm
Corrine Meservey - Buxton, ME
Milkweed Farm
Michael and Lucretia Woodruff - Brunswick, ME
Milky Way Organic Farm and Farm Stand
Joan Gibson Call - Levant, ME
Millstone Farm
- Wilton, CT
Moodytown Gardens
Johanna Burdet - Cornville, ME
Moondance Gardens
Rae Avery - South Berwick, ME
Morgan Hill Farm
Dan McClure - New Gloucester, ME
Morning Dew Farm
Brendan McQuillen or Brady Hatch - Newcastle, ME
Mysty Mountain Farm
Bill Whitman - Turner, ME
Nature’s Circle Farm
- Houlton, ME
Nettie Fox Farm
Molly Crouse - Newburgh, ME
New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP)
Craig Lapine - Executive Director - Portland, ME
New Beat Farm
Adrienne Lee & Ken Lamson - Knox, ME
New Day Farm
Jenny & Cody Tibbetts - Jackson, ME
Newforest Institute
David Wessels - Brooks, ME
Nezinscot Farm
Greg or Gloria Varney - Turner, ME
No View Farm, Bakery & Greenhouse
Annette Marin - Rumford, ME
Northern Girl, LLC
- Limestone, ME
Out on a Limb Apple CSA
John Bunker - Palermo, ME
Pagett Farm
Pam Page & Don Barrett - Palermo, ME
Parker Produce
Ryan Parker - East Newport, ME
Peaceful Harbor Farm
Carla Harris - Vinalhaven, ME
Phoenix Farm
Nancy Chandler - Monmouth, ME
Pleasant Valley Acres
Gene Weir - Cumberland Ctr, ME
Poland Family Farm LLC.
Kevin and Ginny Poland - Brooklin, ME
Porter Hill Farm
Burt & Nancy Knapp - Farmington, ME
Post Family Farm
Sarah King - St. Albans, ME
Proud Peasant Farm
MOFGA Farmers in Residence: - Unity, ME
Redbird Farm
Sheila & Phil Chretien - Harrington, ME
Ripley Farm
Gene & Mary Margaret Ripley - Dover-Foxcroft, ME
Rippling Waters
Richard Rudolph - Steep Falls, ME
Rolling Acres Farm
Joshua Oxley - Monroe, ME
Roy's Family Farm
Jessica Roy - Rumford, ME
Seacolors
Nan Kennedy - Washington, ME
Shalom Orchard & Winery
Charlotte Young - Franklin, ME
Skyview Family Farm
Scott King & Jennifer Gunderman-King - Montville, ME
Small Wonder Organics, LLC
Sarah Trask Peter Engler - Bowdoinham, ME
Smith's Log Smokehouse
Andy & Libby Smith - Monroe, ME
Snafu Acres Dairy Farm
Ivan and Nancy Smith - Monmouth, ME
Snakeroot Organic Farm
Tom Roberts or Lois Labbe - Pittsfield, ME
Snell Family Farm
Ramona Snell - Buxton , ME
South Paw Farm
Meg Liebman - Unity, ME
Spear's Vegetable Farm
Bob & Janet Spear - Nobleboro, ME
Spiller Farm
Anna & Bill Spiller - Wells, ME
Squire Tarbox Farm
Kyle DePietro & Angela Trombley - Westport, ME
St. Martin de Tours Organic Farm
Martin Spahn - Palermo, ME
Star Root Farm
Kyle Doerr - Hancock, ME
Stokdijk Farm & Greenhouse
Tim & Kimberly Stokdijk - New Sweden, ME
Stonecipher Farm
Ian and Tabitha Jerolmack - Bowdoinham, ME
Stormy Hill Farm
943 Belfast Rd. - Knox, ME
Stutzman's Farm Stand & Bakery
Sid & Rainie Stutzman - Sangerville, ME
Summit Springs Farm
John Sayles & Sonya Theriault - Poland, ME
Sweet Sue's Farmers' Market
Sue Waite York - Houlton, ME
Sweet Willow Farm
Cynthia Millar - Washington, ME
Terra Optima Farm
Cheryl Denz - Appleton, ME
The Farmers Eight Daughters
Tammy Locke - New Gloucester, ME
The Farmetta Farm
Rose Rapp - Morrill, ME
The Turkey Farm
Bob Neal - New Sharon, ME
Thomas DeCoste
Foxgreen Farm - Owner - Seboeis Plantation, ME
Tide Mill Organic Farm
Carly DelSignore - Edmunds, ME
Tom’s Veggie Club
Tom Stevenson - Leeds, ME
Touching Earth Farm
Nikki Lewis - Kittery, ME
Treble Ridge Farm
Alice or Rufus Percy - Whitefield, ME
Turner Farm & Nebo Lodge Island Inn & Restaurant
Hannah Pingree - North Haven, ME
Two Coves Farm
Joseph Grady - Harpswell, ME
Two Sisters Farm
Craig Collins - Woolwich, ME
Two Toad Farm
Jordan Pike - Lebanon, ME
Valley Garden Produce
Mary O’Donnell - Canaan, ME
Valley View Farm
Kathy Shaw - Auburn, ME
Village Green Organic Produce
Joyce Benson - Troy, ME
Villageside Farm
Prentice Grassi & Polly Shyka - Freedom, ME
Vine and Branch Farm
Mark & Linda McBrine - Bangor, ME
Watershed Farm
Jason or Jen Glick - Montville, ME
Wealden Farm
John Schwenk - Freeport, ME
Webb Family Farm
Katie Webb - Pittston, ME
Weskeag Farms
Larry or Georgene Arbour - Thomaston, ME
Whispering Winds Farm
Mark or Paula Stotts - Mechanic Falls, ME
Whole Earth Farm
- Presque Isle, ME
Wholesome Holmstead
Karen Trenholm - Winthrop, ME
Willow Pond Farm
Jill Agnew - Sabattus, ME
Winterberry Farm
Mary Perry - Belgrade, ME
WinterGreen Herbs & Vegetables
- Winslow, ME
Wolf Pine Farm
Amy Sprague - Alfred, ME
Wood's Edge Farm
Kim Patnode - Albany Twp, ME
USDA - FSA Programs
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Biomass Crop Assistance Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
CP33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds
Kristine Evans, Program Coordinator - Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Mississippi State University - Mississippi State, MS
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Conservation Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Forest Restoration Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Operating Loans & Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Operating Loans - Maine
Don Todd - State Executive Director - USDA Farm Service Agency - Bangor, ME
Farm Ownership Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Ownership Loans - Maine
Don Todd - State Executive Director - USDA Farm Service Agency - Bangor, ME
Farmable Wetlands Program (FWP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Grassland Reserve Program- REPEALED
USDA Farm Service Agency
Guaranteed Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Forage Disaster Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Indemnity Program
USDA FSA
Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers- Maine
Don Todd - State Executive Director - USDA Farm Service Agency - Bangor, ME
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Transition Incentives Program (TIP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA - NRCS Programs
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)
Dave Mason - Financial Assistance Programs Division - Washington, DC
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)- REPEALED
Mark Parson - Program Contact
Big Flats Plant Materials Center
Mike Fournier - PMC Manager (acting) - Corning, NY
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Stacy Swartwood - National CIG Program Analyst - Washington, DC
Conservation of Private Grazing Land (CPGL)
Conservation Security Program
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
NRCS
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)- REPEALED
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
Fred Reaves - National Emergency Watershed Protection Program Manager
Emergency Watershed Protection Program- Floodplain Easement
Jason Weller, Chief - USDA-NRCS - Washington, DC
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
NRCS
EQIP Organic Initiative
Lindsay Haines - EQIP Specialist for Organic
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)- REPEALED
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
- Tampa, FL
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) REPEALED
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
USDA NRCS
Maine Conservation Stewardship Program
Bill Yamartino - State CSP ContactME
Maine Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Alice Begin - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Bangor, ME
National Grazing Lands Coalition
Kimberli Stine - National GLC Coordinator - Fort Worth, TX
National Water Quality Initiative
USDA NRCS
Norman A Berg National Plant Materials Center
Ramon Ortiz - PMC Manager (acting) - Beltsville, MD
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Louis Aspey, Chief of Staff - Regional Conservationist - Washington, DC
Small scale solutions for your farm
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
USDA NRCS
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP)
NRCS
Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)- REPEALED
Garry Lee - Acting Director, Easement Programs Division - Washington, DC
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)- REPEALED
- Washington, DC
Working Lands for Wildlife
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
USDA Programs - Other
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program
Jill Auburn, PhD - National Program Leader - Division of Agricultural Systems - Washington, DC
Celebrate Urban Birds
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Ithaca, NY
Conservation Reserve Program Longleaf Pine Initiative
Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants
USDA Rural Development
Farmers Market Promotion Program
Douglas Keeler, Director - Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2)
USDA - Washington, DC
Local Food Promotion Program
Nicole Nelson Miller - LFPP Program Manager - Washington, DC
New Farmers
USDA
Organic Certification Cost Share Programs
Rita Meade - OCCSP Coordinator - Washington, DC
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
Lori Washington - USDA Rural Development Loan Specialist
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program
Rob Hedberg - SARE Director - Washington, DC
The Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
Business and Cooperative Programs - National Office, USDA Rural Development - Washington, DC
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
- Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
Value-Added Producer Grant Program
USDA Office of Rural Development

 Farm Resources

   
Articles on Farm Resources
pdf Fifth annual cover crop survey results
By:

The 2016-2017 cover crop survey report from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is now available.& ...

Cooperative Extension Service
By:

The cooperative extension service is designed to help people use research based knowledge to improve their land.  Administered through thousands of county extension offices, extension brings land-grant expertise to the most local of levels in affiliation with the state's designated land-grant universities.& ...

Maine Food Map

The Eat Local Foods Coalition has developed this map to help consumers and food producers connect.  Eat Maine Foods is the networking site of the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine (ELFC), a coalition of groups and people working to put more Maine foods on more Maine tables more often

The Maine Food Map is an evolving project. The beta version that is currently available has been created with a very limited budget using free mapping software by ZeeMaps. 

The Eat Local Foods Coalition (ELFC) is a state-wide coalition that seeks to put more Maine food on more Maine tables more often.  Doing so will result in economic benefits, greater local food security and sovereignty, enhanced health and nutrition and vibrant local food culture.  

ELFC is a collaborative coalition of organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals interested in creating a shift towards a locally-based food system that is economically vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and healthy.

Maine Food Atlas

The Maine Food Atlas has been created by the Network of Community Food Councils, working closely with the Center for Community GIS.

The Maine Food Atlas encourages diverse food operators—growers, processors, farm to school groups, food security organizations—to use the website and put themselves “on the map.” Users can establish free Maine Food Atlas accounts, which allow them to richly describe their work, load photos, and independently manage their postings over time.

As the Maine Food Atlas grows, Community Food Councils will provide mid-level support and serve as regional moderators for listings in their respective service areas. Through “curated crowdsourcing,” assigned local food council members will be alerted whenever a new listing is added. They will also be available to reach out to help folks create robust, beautiful listings.

The Atlas was launched in "beta" format in May 2015 following pilot mapping work in Oxford County. The site will continue to evolve and improve. Feedback is great, so please tell us what you think. 

The Maine Network of Community Food Councils is seeking partners to grow and enhance the Maine Food Atlas and welcomes opportunities to discuss and explore collaborations and partnerships.

Cover Crop Economics Tool

The Cover Crop Economics Tool is a user-friendly economic assessment tool to assess the costs and benefits of incorporating cover crops into a crop rotation. The tool assesses both the short term and long term expected costs and benefits. For questions, please contact Bryon Kirwan, bryon.kirwan@il.usda.gov.

Download: Cover Crop Economics Tool

Land Link: Connecting retiring landowners and beginning farmers to keep agriculture alive
By:

Land Link is a valuable program that connects beginning farmers with retiring landowners to faciliate farm transfers. UPDATE: The Land Link Program was retired in 2016 and will be replaced by the Hank Rohling Land Legacy Program.

Greenbook Plant Protection Product Search

Greenbook.net has an extensive database of chemical product information that you can use to help control unwanted plants. You can search by plant name and the database will list what chemicals you could use. If you need to know more about a specific chemical, you can type it in and search for product info. You need to register with the site to get the detailed information.  Some chemicals require a pesticide license.

Pioneer® Field360™

DuPont Pioneer is bringing the next generation of powerful Web-based field management tools to growers with the introduction of Pioneer® Field360™ Select software. This new subscription service combines field-by-field data with real-time agronomic and weather information to help growers make informed management decisions.  Check out Field360 Select.

"Pioneer®Field360 Select software guides growers to better use the field data they have collected, currently and in prior years, to increase farm productivity and profitability," says Justin Heath, DuPont Pioneer new services manager.

UPDATE:

The Pioneer® Field360™ website is no longer available. EncircaSM Services is the current DuPont Pioneer program that combines the latest technology for weather, soils, agronomy and analytics to help agricultural producers maximize crop yields and reduce risk. Contact your DuPont Pioneer Sales Professional for more information.

AgBizEnvironment™

AgBizEnvironment gives you the ability to account for environmental impacts when analyzing business decisions.

AgBizEnvironment utilizes various components to measure and track environmental aspects of crop and livestock production. Aspects include pesticide, herbicide, fertilizer, and energy use, as well as tillage and land management practices. Combined with other AgBiz Logic tools, users can compare environmental, economic and financial tradeoffs.

An example of a component utilized by AgBizEnvironment is the Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ) developed by Cornell University. The EIQ measures the effect of various pesticides and herbicides on consumers, workers, and ecosystems.

Learn more about EIQ and other AgBizEnvironment components when you sign up for AgBiz Logic.

AgLease™

AgLease™ is a computer program designed to assist growers and landowners establish equitable crop share and cash rent lease agreements. With AgLease™ you can easily comprehend and evaluate the potential risks associated with annual and long-term leases, reevaluate current leases, or changing cropping systems. AgLease™ estimatesmachinery, labor, and production input costs as well as fruit size, grade, and total yield for calculating returns for crops with multiple establishment and production years. The program allows you to inflate specific return and input cost items over time to analyze the net present value, internal rate of return, and financial feasibility for a crop share and cash rent lease.

AgLease™ is free to use and requires users to register with the AgTools website and obtain a license.

UPDATE:

The AgTools™ web site is currently unavailable. If you are requesting a AgProfit™, AgLease™, or AgFinance™ program, a license file, or need other assistance please contact Clark Seavert, clark.seavert@oregonstate.edu.

The new online program AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC will replace the AgTools™ suite of software programs. This exciting new program will be released about September 1, 2015. You can track the progress of the AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC program by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

View the AgLease™ Presentation

AgFinance™

AgFinance™ is a computer program designed to assist agricultural producers make long-run decisions on a whole farm and ranch basis. You can load scenario files from AgProfit™ and AgLease™ into AgFinance™ to analyze your farm’s financial ratios and performance measures, which include working liquidity, solvency, profitability, debt repayment capacity, and efficiency. You can change the number of units in each scenario and observe the financial effects of implementing technologies, adding value to your products, conservation practices, changing cropping systems or livestock enterprises, or leasing additional land.  Visit AgFinance™

UPDATE:

The AgTools™ web site is currently unavailable. If you are requesting a AgProfit™, AgLease™, or AgFinance™ program, a license file, or need other assistance please contact Clark Seavert, clark.seavert@oregonstate.edu.

The new online program AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC will replace the AgTools™ suite of software programs. This exciting new program will be released about September 1, 2015. You can track the progress of the AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC program by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

AgProfit™

AgProfit™ is a computer program designed to assist agricultural producers make long-run decisions when implementing technologies to a specific crop or analyzing cropping systems. AgProfit™ estimates machinery, labor, and production input costs as well as fruit size, grade, and total yield for calculating returns for crops with multiple establishment and production years. The program allows you to inflate specific return and input cost items over time to analyze the net present value, internal rate of return, and financial feasibility when implementing a particular technology, making minor changes to returns or input costs, or comparing cropping systems.

AgProfit™ is free to use and requires users to register with the AgTools website and obtain a license.

View the AgProfit™ presentation

UPDATE:

The AgTools™ web site is currently unavailable. If you are requesting a AgProfit™, AgLease™, or AgFinance™ program, a license file, or need other assistance please contact Clark Seavert, clark.seavert@oregonstate.edu.

The new online program AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC will replace the AgTools™ suite of software programs. This exciting new program will be released about September 1, 2015. You can track the progress of the AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC program by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

AgroClimate

AgroClimate is an innovative web-resource for decision-support and learning, providing interactive tools and climate information to improve crop management decisions and reduce production risks associated with climate variability, climate change, and extreme weather events. Users can monitor variables of interest such as growing degree days, chill hours, freeze risk, disease risks for selected crops, and current and projected drought conditions. Users can also learn about the impacts of climate cycles affecting the Southeastern United States, such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

AgroClimate uses crop simulation models along with historic, current, and forecasted climate data to allow decision makers to compare changes in probable outcomes under different climate conditions.

Water and carbon footprint calculators on AgroClimate can provide system-specific estimates of how efficiently water and energy are being used. AgroClimate also includes educational resources, including videos and fact sheets, about management practices and technologies that can help improve efficiency of production and decrease the vulnerability of agricultural systems to climate variability and change.

AgroClimate is regularly used during training events for County Extension faculty and during workshops with agricultural producers. Its modular platform allows for an easy replication in other geographies and for content expansion.

What are Food Hubs
By:

A Food Hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of course-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

pdf Property Tax Bulletin No. 20: Farmland Tax Law
By:

The Farm and Open Space Tax Law provides for the valuation of land that has been classified as farmland based on its current use as farmland, rather than its potential fair market value for uses other than agricultural.

pdf 2012 Census of Agriculture: Maine State and County Data
By:

The census provides a comprehensive picture of American agriculture in 2012.

pdf The 75th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show
By:

January 12th-14th, 2016 at the Augusta Civic Center.

pdf National Organic Farming Handbook
By:

The handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms. Producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful, particularly the resources listed in various sections.

pdf 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation
By:

The 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation was prepared as an introduction for fish and wildlife conservation providers – the on-the-ground biologists and conservation partners who help deliver Farm Bill conservation programs to landowners.

pdf Farmer's Tax Guide
By:

This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming. Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return.& ...

Let’s Get Serious About Conservation
By:

This Farm and Dairy article explains how conservation is a journey for our country.

Conservation Buffers on your Land

Considering conservation buffers on your land?  The USDA has 250,000 or more buffer contracts with about 160,000 farms and ranches. They may be a good choice for your land and for the environment.

pdf Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development
By:

This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture.

AgPlan™

AgPlan™ helps rural business owners develop a business plan. To use AgPlan you first need to register and setup a password to access your business plan.  Once you have registered, you can login to AgPlan using your email address and your password.
Everyone can use AgPlan—for FREE.

  • Develop your own business plan
  • Learn what you need to include in your plan with Tips & Resources
  • View Sample business plans for ideas
  • Share your plan—print, download and work with your own Reviewers

AgPlan™ is brought to you by the Center for Farm Financial Management. Regents of the University of Minnesota

Farm Bill Toolbox

On July 1, 2014, the University of Illinois as the lead university for the National Coalition for Producer Education (NCPE) entered into a cooperative agreement with the Farm Service Agency for development of web-based decision tools to help producers and farm owners with the decisions and programs in the Farm Bill.  This effort will involve the development of three different tools by the Illinois-led NCPE, as well as training, education, outreach and analysis on the tools and programs:  (1) a tool for the ARC/PLC program decision, including base acre reallocation, payment yield updating and SCO/STAX; (2) a tool for the new dairy Margin Protection Program and Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy insurance policy; and (3) a tool for the new Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provisions regarding buy-up coverage.

The University of Illinois-NCPE proposal envisioned using the farmdoc platform as a user-friendly, one-stop resource for all aspects of the Farm Bill program decisions.  To that end, we introduce the Farm Bill Toolbox (available here) as the dedicated site for producers, landowners and others interested in the programs.  It will house the specific web-based tools being developed, as well as training, education, outreach and analysis materials.  These materials will include webinars and answers to frequently asked questions. Additionally, general conclusions gleaned from analysis of the programs within the real-world context of prices, yields and risk, coupled with what is learned from developing and running the tools.  We also envision providing some basic guidance or "rules of thumb" that producers can use as they need.  Like any good toolbox, the Farm Bill Toolbox will contain a range of items and materials - the tools - to serve the widest variety of producers and situational needs.  Not everyone will make use of the specific tools, or the articles analyzing the programs.  But the tools will be available for anyone who seeks information, and at levels intended to fit varying degrees of informational needs.

The Farm Bill Toolbox is currently under construction and will remain under construction as the web tools, analysis and other information are being developed.  It currently houses a limited amount of material taken from previous articles and work that remain relevant to this effort and the pending producer decisions.  It will be updated as the tools and materials are developed and become available for public release.  Information and links to the tools will also be available on the FSA website.

The website and the tools will be important, valuable resources for producers, but the key to the NCPE proposal are the coalition partners who will be working on tool development, training, education, outreach and analysis. 

Forest Loss on the Rebound: Sustaining Investments for America's Natural Resource Future
By:

Cool Farm Tool

The Cool Farm Tool (CFT) is an online greenhouse gas calculator that is free for growers to help them measure the carbon footprint of crop and livestock products. The CFT is an online, farm-level greenhouse gas emissions calculator based on empirical research from a broad range of published data sets. It is designed to be intuitive and easy to complete based on information that a farmer will have readily available. Click here to go to the Cool Farm Tool

Farm Resources Organizations & Professionals
There are 208 resources serving Oxford County in the following categories:
map itMap of Farm Resources Organizations & Professionals serving Oxford County
Agronomists and Crop Advisers
AgMatters LLC
Lauchlin W. Titus CPAg/CCA - Vassalboro, ME
Conservation Districts
Maine Association of Conservation Districts
Tom Gordon - Executive Director - Portland, ME
Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District
- South Paris, ME
Cooperative Extension
Cooperative Extension in Oxford County
Katelyn Duval - Administrative Specialist - South Paris, ME
Farm Equipment Sales and Service
Agri Drain
Charlie Schafer - President - Adair, IA
Cobacha, LLC
Kurt Oriol - Director - New York, NY
DripWorks
- Willits, CA
Forest Safety Products
Forest Safety Products - Van Hornesville, NY
Get Real Get Maine
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Augusta, ME
On Target Spray Systems
Progressive Grower Technologies, Inc. - Mt. Angel, OR
Paris Farmers Union
Audrey Chapman - South Paris, ME
Ranch Supply
- Burnet, TX
Farm Ranch And Forest Retailers
AFM Land Sales, LLC
- Charlotte, NC
Cobacha, LLC
Kurt Oriol - Director - New York, NY
CoBank
Robert B. Engel - Chief Executive Officer - Greenwood Village, CO
Dow AgroSciences LLC
- Indianapolis, IN
Forest Safety Products
Forest Safety Products - Van Hornesville, NY
Mark Rabon
Integrated Forest Management - President - Turner, ME
MooseWood Millworks
Keith Ressler - Manager - Ashland, ME
Pineland Farms, Inc.
Dale Maschino - New Gloucester, ME
Federal and State Tax Incentives and Programs
Current Agricultural Use Value
- Ohio Department of Agriculture Office of Farmland Preservation - Reynoldsburg, OH
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center - Raleigh, NC
Farmland Tax Law Program
Maine Revenue Services - Property Tax Division - Augusta, ME
Federal Endangered Species Tax Deduction
US Fish and Wildlife Service - Arlington, VA
Open Space Current Use Program
Maine Revenue Services - Property Tax Division - Augusta, ME
Tree Growth Current Use Program
Maine Revenue Services - Property Tax Division - Augusta, ME
Working Waterfront Program
Maine Revenue Services - Property Tax Division - Augusta, ME
Federal Incentives
Legacy Resource Management Program
Derrick Golla - Legacy Program Support Staff - Washington, DC
Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program
U.S. Department of Defense - Washington, DC
Sustainable Ranges Initiative
John Conger, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment) - US Department of Defense
Irrigation Suppliers and Contractors
Agri Drain
Charlie Schafer - President - Adair, IA
BountiGel
mOasis Inc - Union City, CA
Maximized Water Management LLC
William (Bill) Fuchs - Owner - Chester, ID
Netafim Drip-Micro Irrigation Products
Netafim USA - Fresno, CA
Pump Monitor
PowWow Energy, Inc. - Sunnyvale, CA
Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Chris Roth - President - Deshler, NE
Tule Evapotranspiration
Tule Technologies Inc - Tom Shapland - Concord, CA
Mapping/Cartographic and GIS services
Aaron Drake
Integrated Forest Management - Vice President GIS/IT & Certification - Turner, ME
Alfred D Schaeffer
Northern Forests, LLC - Owner - Gray, ME
American Forest Management
- Charlotte, NC
Andy Carlo
Fountains Forestry, New England - Area Forester - Montpelier, VT
Blaine N. Miller
Dirigo Timberland Management - Owner - North Anson, ME
Ed Friedman
Point of View Helicopter Services - President / Chief Pilot - Bowdoinham, ME
FB Environmental
Forrest Bell - FBE Owner & Principal Scientist - Portland, ME
Fountains Forestry, Inc
Michael Tragner - President - Montpelier, VT
Fountains Land, Inc.
Michael Tragner - President - Montpelier, VT
Jeff Littleton
Moosewood Ecological - Chesterfield, NH
Living Habitats
Heidi Natura, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP - Founder & Partner - Chicago, IL
Mark Rabon
Integrated Forest Management - President - Turner, ME
Mike Howie
American Forest Management - Forester - Ellsworth, ME
Newleaf Environmental LLC
Lance D. Ebel - Wildlife Biologist - Newfield, NY
Steven Michaud, LLS
Doucet Survey, Inc. - Vice President - Newmarket, NH
Susan Bickford
Wells Reserve GIS Service Center - GIS Specialist - Wells, ME
Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc
NE/Mid-Atlantic Region - Waterbury, VT
Mediators
Resource Analytical & Management Group, LLC
Billy K. Lemons - President & Principal Consultant - Nacogdoches, TX
Riparian and Wetlands Specialists
Boyle Associates
James Boyle - President - Gorham, ME
Jeff Littleton
Moosewood Ecological - Chesterfield, NH
Jonathan Milne
- Environmental Consultant - Sidney, ME
Living Habitats
Heidi Natura, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP - Founder & Partner - Chicago, IL
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
- Augusta, ME
Merlin Benner
Wildlife Specialists, LLC - President - Wellsboro, PA
Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc
NE/Mid-Atlantic Region - Waterbury, VT
Seed / Seedling Suppliers
American Tree Seedling
- Bainbridge, GA
ArborGen
- Ridgeville, SC
ATS Partners, LLC
Chuck Whittaker - Bainbridge, GA
Bell Brothers, Inc.
- Claxton, GA
Big Flats Plant Materials Center
Mike Fournier - PMC Manager (acting) - Corning, NY
Brent and Becky's Bulbs
- Gloucester, VA
Buckeye Nursery, Inc
- Perry, FL
Central Florida Lands & Timber Nursery, L.L.C.
- Mayo, FL
Chestnut Hill Nursery & Orchards
- Alachua, FL
Deep South Growers
- Douglas, GA
DeepSouth Pine Nursery, Inc.
Gary Cannon, John Manning, Jim Hasty - Bascom, FL
Dwight Stansel Farm Nursery
- Wellborn, FL
Gingerbread Farm Perennials
- Wayne, ME
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Tom Stearns - Founder/Head Seedsman - Wolcott, VT
Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.
- Chesterland, OH
J. R. Simplot Company
- Boise, ID
Johnny's Selected Seeds
Harry Fraser - General Manager - Winslow, ME
Lancaster Farms, Inc.
- Suffolk, VA
Living Habitats
Heidi Natura, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP - Founder & Partner - Chicago, IL
Mobjack Nurseries, Inc.
- Foster, VA
Norman A Berg National Plant Materials Center
Ramon Ortiz - PMC Manager (acting) - Beltsville, MD
Osborne Seed Company, LLC
Chris Osborne - Mount Vernon, WA
Ranchland Development Inc.
Roland N. Spencer - Founder - Winfield, KS
Rock Bridge Trees
David Hughes - Bethpage, TN
Speedling, Inc.
- Ruskin, FL
Superior Trees, Inc.
- Lee , FL
Wildflower Farm
- Coldwater, ON
WoodPrairie Farm
Jim & Megan Gerritsen - Bridgewater, ME
Soil / Water Testing Labs
Cobscook Bay Resource Center
Will Hopkins - Eastport, ME
Perry Agricultural Laboratory
- Bowling Green, MO
Resource Analytical & Management Group, LLC
Billy K. Lemons - President & Principal Consultant - Nacogdoches, TX
State Funding / Technical Resources
Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
- Arlington, VA
Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine
Tori Jackson - Chair - Lisbon Falls, ME
Kent Nelson
Maine Forest Service - Fire Prevention Specialist/Firewise State Liaison - Augusta, ME
Land for Maine's Future
Sarah Demers - Director - Augusta, ME
Maine Farmland Protection Program
Stephanie Gilbert - Farmland Protection Specialist
Maine Department of Agriculture Food, and Rural Resources - Augusta, ME
Maine Farms for the Future Program
Stephanie Gilbert - Farmland Protection Specialist
Maine Department of Agriculture Food, and Rural Resources - Augusta, ME
Maine Landowner Incentive Program
SARAH DEMERS - Augusta, ME
Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
Carol Gay - Secretariat - Pittston, ME
Prairie Grouse Partners
Ralph Rogers - Executive Director of the North American Grouse Partnership - Waverly, NE
Senior Farm Share Program
Julie Waller - Senior FarmShare Manager - Augusta, ME
Stewardship Program offered by the Maine Forest Service (Archived)
- Maine Forest Service - Augusta, ME
Whitewater to Bluewater Project
Lisa Havel - Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Coordinator - Arlington, VA
Woods Wise Incentives to Stewardship Enhancement
Andy Shultz - MFS Landowner Outreach Forester - Augusta, ME
USDA - FSA Programs
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Biomass Crop Assistance Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
CP33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds
Kristine Evans, Program Coordinator - Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Mississippi State University - Mississippi State, MS
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Conservation Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Forest Restoration Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Operating Loans & Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Operating Loans - Maine
Don Todd - State Executive Director - USDA Farm Service Agency - Bangor, ME
Farm Ownership Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Ownership Loans - Maine
Don Todd - State Executive Director - USDA Farm Service Agency - Bangor, ME
Farmable Wetlands Program (FWP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Grassland Reserve Program- REPEALED
USDA Farm Service Agency
Guaranteed Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Forage Disaster Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Indemnity Program
USDA FSA
Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers- Maine
Don Todd - State Executive Director - USDA Farm Service Agency - Bangor, ME
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Transition Incentives Program (TIP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA - NRCS Programs
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)
Dave Mason - Financial Assistance Programs Division - Washington, DC
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)- REPEALED
Mark Parson - Program Contact
Big Flats Plant Materials Center
Mike Fournier - PMC Manager (acting) - Corning, NY
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Stacy Swartwood - National CIG Program Analyst - Washington, DC
Conservation of Private Grazing Land (CPGL)
Conservation Security Program
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
NRCS
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)- REPEALED
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
Fred Reaves - National Emergency Watershed Protection Program Manager
Emergency Watershed Protection Program- Floodplain Easement
Jason Weller, Chief - USDA-NRCS - Washington, DC
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
NRCS
EQIP Organic Initiative
Lindsay Haines - EQIP Specialist for Organic
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)- REPEALED
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
- Tampa, FL
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) REPEALED
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
USDA NRCS
Maine Conservation Stewardship Program
Bill Yamartino - State CSP ContactME
Maine Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Alice Begin - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Bangor, ME
National Grazing Lands Coalition
Kimberli Stine - National GLC Coordinator - Fort Worth, TX
National Water Quality Initiative
USDA NRCS
Norman A Berg National Plant Materials Center
Ramon Ortiz - PMC Manager (acting) - Beltsville, MD
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Louis Aspey, Chief of Staff - Regional Conservationist - Washington, DC
Small scale solutions for your farm
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
USDA NRCS
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP)
NRCS
Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)- REPEALED
Garry Lee - Acting Director, Easement Programs Division - Washington, DC
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)- REPEALED
- Washington, DC
Working Lands for Wildlife
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
USDA Programs - Other
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program
Jill Auburn, PhD - National Program Leader - Division of Agricultural Systems - Washington, DC
Celebrate Urban Birds
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Ithaca, NY
Conservation Reserve Program Longleaf Pine Initiative
Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants
USDA Rural Development
Farmers Market Promotion Program
Douglas Keeler, Director - Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2)
USDA - Washington, DC
Local Food Promotion Program
Nicole Nelson Miller - LFPP Program Manager - Washington, DC
New Farmers
USDA
Organic Certification Cost Share Programs
Rita Meade - OCCSP Coordinator - Washington, DC
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
Lori Washington - USDA Rural Development Loan Specialist
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program
Rob Hedberg - SARE Director - Washington, DC
The Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
Business and Cooperative Programs - National Office, USDA Rural Development - Washington, DC
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
- Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
Value-Added Producer Grant Program
USDA Office of Rural Development
Veterinarians - Large Animal
Erin Kinney
Norway Veterinary Hospital - Norway, ME
Matthew Holden
Oxford Hills Veterinary Hospital - South Paris, ME
Monique Kramer
The Art of Alternative Animal Healing - Stow, ME
Paula Benner
Lupine Valley Equine Veterinary Services - Washington, ME
Veterinarians - Small Animal
Amanda Warrington
Norway Veterinary Hospital - Norway, ME
David Walker
Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital - Fryeburg, ME
Frederick Kent
Countryside Animal Hospital - Rumford, ME
Kim Harker-Sullivan
Norway Veterinary Hospital - Norway, ME
Nancy Derocher
Norway Veterinary Hospital - Norway, ME
Richard O. Whitaker
Central Maine Veterinary Hospital - Turner, ME
Sarah Cummings
Norway Veterinary Hospital - Norway, ME
Scott Johnson
Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital - Fryeburg, ME
Steven Caffrey
Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital - Fryeburg, ME
Susan Simkins
Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital - Fryeburg, ME
Suzanne Best
Well Point Veterinary Service - Norway, ME
Terry Mickols
At Home Veterinary Service - Stoneham, ME
Todd Gauger
Norway Veterinary Hospital - Norway, ME
Water Districts and Associations
Mike Howie
American Forest Management - Forester - Ellsworth, ME
Wildlife / Habitat Specialists
American Forest Management
- Charlotte, NC
Atlantic Coast Joint Venture
Mitch Hartley - Coordinator - Hadley, MA
Blaine N. Miller
Dirigo Timberland Management - Owner - North Anson, ME
Boyle Associates
James Boyle - President - Gorham, ME
Deborah Perkins, M.S.
First Light Wildlife Habitats - Wildlife Biologist - Poland Spring, ME
Jonathan Milne
- Environmental Consultant - Sidney, ME
Living Habitats
Heidi Natura, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP - Founder & Partner - Chicago, IL
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
- Augusta, ME
Merlin Benner
Wildlife Specialists, LLC - President - Wellsboro, PA
Newleaf Environmental LLC
Lance D. Ebel - Wildlife Biologist - Newfield, NY
Plum Creek Timber Company - Maine
- Certified Forester - Fairfield, ME
Rodney Kelshaw
Boyle Associates Environmental Consulting - Wildlife Bilogist - Gorham, ME

 Organic Certification

   
Articles on Organic Certification
pdf Guide for Organic Livestock Producers
By:

This guide is an overview of the process of becoming certified organic. It is designed to explain the USDA organic regulations as they apply to livestock producers.

pdf Organic Farming: Results from the 2014 Organic Survey
By:

In 2014, the United States had 14,093 organic farms producing $5.5 billion in organic products.

pdf Organic Certification Guide
By:

This publication provides an overview of organic certification and provides some additional resources for prospective organic farms and businesses.

pdf National Organic Farming Handbook
By:

The handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms. Producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful, particularly the resources listed in various sections.

pdf Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development
By:

This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture.

pdf Guide for Organic Crop Producers
By:

This guide is intended to help lead farmers through the organic certification process. Chapters 1 through 4 explain the National Organic Program (NOP) and describe the process of organic certification.

pdf How to Choose a Certification Agency and the Organic Certification Process
By:

There are many USDA accredited certification agencies that can certify your farm or enterprise as organic. So how do you find the right agency to work with you? Here are some questions you should ask the agencies and some things to ask neighboring farmers.

pdf What is Organic Certification?
By:

Organic certification verifies that your farm or handling facility located anywhere in the world complies with the USDA organic regulations and allows you to sell, label, and represent your products as organic.

pdf Managing Manure with Biogas Recovery Systems BMPs
By:

Improved performance at competitive costs is promised by this 2002 EPA publication all about anaerobic digestion and biogas recovery for energy.

Does America Need More Organic Farmers?
By:

Organic farming has been one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture for over a decade.  After the USDA implemented national organic standards in 2002, certified organic farmland doubled by 2005.

Organic Certification Organizations & Professionals
There are 50 resources serving Oxford County in the following categories:
map itMap of Organic Certification Organizations & Professionals serving Oxford County
Composting
Casella Organics
Jen McDonnell - Director of Sales & Marketing - Portland, ME
Maine Resource Recovery Association
Victor Horton - Executive Director - Bangor, ME
Organic Certification Programs
A Bee Organic
Sarah Costin and Ro Elgas - De Luz, CA
Agricultural Services Certified Organic (ASCO)
Katherine Borchard - ASCO Director - Salinas, CA
Americert International
Jonathan Austin - Gainesville, FL
Certified Naturally Grown
Alice Varon - Executive Director - Brooklyn, NY
Ecocert ICO
Dave DeCou - Greenwood, IN
EQIP Organic Initiative
Lindsay Haines - EQIP Specialist for Organic
Global Organic Alliance, Inc
Betty Kananen - President/CEO - Bellefontaine, OH
International Certification Services, Inc
Christina Dockter - President & CEO - Medina, ND
Midwest Organic Services Association, Inc.
Stephen Walker - Processor Certification and Compliance Manager - Viroqua, WI
Minnesota Crop Improvement Association
Susan Stewart - Organic Certification Specialist - St. Paul, MN
National Organic Program (NOP)
Miles McEvoy - Deputy Administrator - Washington, DC
Natural Food Certifiers
Reuven Flamer - Spring Valley, NY
OCIA International
Kevin Koester - President, USA - Lincoln, NE
OneCert, Inc.
Sam Welsch - Lincoln, NE
Oregon Tilth
- Corvallis, OR
Primus Auditing Operations
- Santa Maria, CA
Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd.
- Saskatoon, SK
Quality Assurance International
Jonathan Lackie - San Diego, CA
Quality Certification Services
- Gainesville, FL
Scientific Certification Systems, Inc.
Ned Halaby - Emeryville, CA
Stellar Certification Services
Sally Lammers - Certification Director - Philomath, OR
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA National Organic Program
Miles McEvoy - Deputy Administrator - Washington, DC
Organic Products and Services
Agricola Farms
- Union, ME
Andy’s Greens
Andre Gagnon - York, ME
Big Tree Organic Farms
Susan Cook - Customer Service - Turlock, CA
Brae Maple Farm
Andrea Smith - Union, ME
Brighton Farm
Bob & Arleen Lovelace - Athens, ME
Certified Naturally Grown
Alice Varon - Executive Director - Brooklyn, NY
Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool (CROPP)
- La Farge, WI
DeerWood Farm & Gardens
Beverly and Brian Hendricks - Waterford, ME
FarmPlate
Kim Werner - Founder & President - Hanover, NH
Get Real Get Maine
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Augusta, ME
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Tom Stearns - Founder/Head Seedsman - Wolcott, VT
Highland Blueberry Farm and Highland Organics®
Tom and Theresa Gaffney - Stockton Springs, ME
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)
- Unity, ME
Mandala Farm
Sara Faull - Gouldsboro, ME
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service
Faye Jones - Executive Director - Spring Valley, WI
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
- Butte, MT
Nature’s Circle Farm
- Houlton, ME
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Brise Tencer - Executive Director - Santa Cruz, CA
Osborne Seed Company, LLC
Chris Osborne - Mount Vernon, WA
Pineland Farms, Inc.
Dale Maschino - New Gloucester, ME
Queen Bee-New Elm Farm
- Freeport, ME
Treble Ridge Farm
Alice or Rufus Percy - Whitefield, ME
Vine and Branch Farm
Mark & Linda McBrine - Bangor, ME
WinterGreen Herbs & Vegetables
- Winslow, ME
WoodPrairie Farm
Jim & Megan Gerritsen - Bridgewater, ME
 

 Google News about Farm Resources

The following news articles are provided by the Google News service and do not reflect the views or imply an endorsement by the Maine Land Conservation Assistance Network and its affiliates. We cannot guarantee the relevance of the content of this page or any links that may be followed from the articles herein.

Beginning Farmer News Items
TFT Interview: Debra Eschmeyer of FoodCorps - The Faster Times
8/24/2017 11:11:15 AM
TFT Interview: Debra Eschmeyer of FoodCorps The Faster Times We have amazing partners that we work with in 10 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Maine , Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon. Selecting host sites was an extremely competitive process. We had 108 organizations ...

New Dairy Farmers Go Against The Grain - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (press release) (blog)
7/27/2017 12:00:50 PM
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (press release) (blog) New Dairy Farmers Go Against The Grain National Institute of Food and Agriculture (press release) (blog) DGA has 120 approved Master Dairy Graziers in nine states: Iowa, Maine , Missouri, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The program has 40 active Master-Apprentice pairs, 15 Journey Dairy Graziers (DGA graduates), ...

There's More Foreign-Owned American Farmland Than the Size of Tennessee. That We Know Of. - Modern Farmer
7/13/2017 8:53:12 PM
Modern Farmer There's More Foreign-Owned American Farmland Than the Size of Tennessee. That We Know Of. Modern Farmer Laws restricting foreign ownership of agricultural land vary by state; Iowa essentially forbids it, but Texas has no restrictions (and thus about 3 million acres of foreign-held agricultural land), and, along with Maine , has the most foreign-held ...

Walk, talk to explain importance of cover crops June 14 - Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald (subscription)
5/26/2017 12:08:01 PM
Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald (subscription) Walk, talk to explain importance of cover crops June 14 Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald (subscription) This workshop is co-sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District as part of its 2017 Beginning Farmer Workshops, and in conjunction with MOFGA's weekly Farm Training Project. Funk and Marina Sideris ... and more »

LePage: Maine agriculture 'can become a major industry, not just a boutique industry' - Bangor Daily News
1/11/2017 3:22:16 PM
Bangor Daily News LePage: Maine agriculture 'can become a major industry, not just a boutique industry' Bangor Daily News The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's annual meeting, USDA Farm Service Agency meetings, Beginning Farmer Resource Network meetings, and talks on farm financing and meat production are few items included in the packed schedule. and more »

Cultivating the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers - NIFA (press release)
6/15/2016 1:43:53 PM
NIFA (press release) Cultivating the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers NIFA (press release) A 2010 study of the economic impact of Maine's organic farming sector concluded that each farm enterprise contributes an average of $63,000 per year to the local and regional economy and creates 2.7 jobs. This same economic analysis indicates that ... and more »

Maine dairy farmer wants to retire; who will run his farm? - Bangor Daily News
5/27/2016 12:44:07 PM
Bangor Daily News Maine dairy farmer wants to retire; who will run his farm? Bangor Daily News ... the land forever will be available for farming. Once the easements are in place, they extinguish the ability to develop land for other purposes and make the farms more affordable for a beginning farmer while still providing fair market value to a ... and more »

Farm Income Opportunities News Items
CREAATE Act would put more green behind American ag trade - AGDAILY
9/21/2017 7:12:11 AM
CREAATE Act would put more green behind American ag trade AGDAILY This week Senators Angus King (I-ME), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Susan Collins (R- Maine ) introduced the “Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act” to boost two federal programs critical for ... and more »

Hearing from Mainers guides work in Washington - Seacoastonline.com
9/20/2017 2:56:15 AM
Hearing from Mainers guides work in Washington Seacoastonline.com During my time in Maine this summer, I visited all of the 16 counties in our state, hearing feedback from Maine people about the issues important to them, their families and their communities. ... entrepreneurial support; heard from the owners of ...

People from Maine guide my work in Washington - Foster's Daily Democrat
9/14/2017 4:03:48 AM
Foster's Daily Democrat People from Maine guide my work in Washington Foster's Daily Democrat We toured the Waterville Library Business, Career, and Creativity Center to hear about its digital literacy and career development efforts and the Center's entrepreneurial support; heard from the owners of Buckle Farm in Unity about how rural broadband ... and more »

LePage Loses Battle To Call Medicaid Expansion 'Welfare' On November Ballot - TPM
9/8/2017 8:03:57 AM
TPM LePage Loses Battle To Call Medicaid Expansion 'Welfare' On November Ballot TPM A campaign by Maine's firebrand Gov. Paul LePage (R) to make sure Medicaid is labeled “welfare” in a ballot initiative this November to expand it to tens of thousands low- income residents has come to a screeching halt, with Secretary of State Matt ... State alters wording of ballot questions on Medicaid expansion, York casino Press Herald all 11 news articles »

Texas Farmers Suffer Extensive Crop Losses In Wake Of Harvey - Maine Public
9/6/2017 8:53:57 PM
Maine Public Texas Farmers Suffer Extensive Crop Losses In Wake Of Harvey Maine Public She says half of her monthly income is from credit she gives out. "And it's not just me that is being affected. Because we are such a small rural community, a lot of the businesses carry the farmers ," Bauer says. She sent out her statements the day ... and more »

Drought-challenged farmers see worry, not green grass, in their fields this summer - Bangor Daily News
9/2/2017 2:48:01 AM
Bangor Daily News Drought-challenged farmers see worry, not green grass, in their fields this summer Bangor Daily News I rely on my pasture to actually make my income .” The dry spell Philbrick is facing is not as widespread as last summer's drought. According to the Aug. 31 drought data released by the National Drought Mitigation Center, the western portion of Maine ...

Whatever Happened To ... The High Hopes Of A Rookie Farmer? - Maine Public
9/1/2017 10:24:51 AM
Maine Public Whatever Happened To ... The High Hopes Of A Rookie Farmer ? Maine Public Faith wanted to boost her $200 monthly income as a counselor for people with HIV. So she turned to farming . How did the crop turn out? On a warm sunny August day at Kwale town on the Kenyan Coast, Faith tends to her small urban farm . She is uprooting ... and more »

LePage Tries To Block Medicaid Expansion In Maine By Labeling It 'Welfare' - TPM
8/30/2017 6:04:35 AM
TPM LePage Tries To Block Medicaid Expansion In Maine By Labeling It 'Welfare' TPM If the initiative passes this November, an estimated 70,000 low- income residents under the age of 65 would gain health coverage. As in other states that have expanded Medicaid, the federal government would pick up the vast majority of the tab, though ...

Farm Resources News Items
An Interview with Jane Brox - Bookslut
1/5/2005 10:47:58 PM
An Interview with Jane Brox Bookslut Brox discussed some of these issues as well as the influence visual art has on her writing, how and why she made the move from her Massachusetts farm to the coast of Maine , and many others. We talked by phone in mid-December. These three books (Here ...

Organic Certification News Items
The Craft Beer Seal is Hitting Shelves and Will Revolutionize How We Buy Beer - VinePair
9/21/2017 10:00:31 AM
VinePair The Craft Beer Seal is Hitting Shelves and Will Revolutionize How We Buy Beer VinePair “I'm guessing in the craft beer world, half of craft beer consumers really care [who makes the beer],” Jon Cadoux, the co-founder of Peak Brewing Company, an organic brewery in Maine , tells me over the phone. “If that's true, I think this label is ... and more »

Aquaponics Farmers Band Together to Set Their Industry Apart - Civil Eats
8/30/2017 5:05:52 AM
Civil Eats Aquaponics Farmers Band Together to Set Their Industry Apart Civil Eats Some opposed to the change, such as Maine farmer and author Eliot Coleman, say that food that isn't grown in “biologically active, fertile soil” doesn't deserve to use the moniker for which generations of farmers have built up a market. One of the ...

There's trouble in the wild blueberry business - Press Herald
8/6/2017 4:09:15 AM
Press Herald There's trouble in the wild blueberry business Press Herald The star was wild blueberries, both fresh and frozen, and all around the commercial kitchen, 10 chefs were pureeing, sauteeing and garnishing with Maine's tiny native berry. .... The organic certification process takes three years without chemical inputs. and more »

At UMaine farm, the students are in charge of the crops - Bangor Daily News
8/5/2017 7:02:49 AM
Bangor Daily News At UMaine farm, the students are in charge of the crops Bangor Daily News University of Maine Sustainable Agriculture program student Ian MacLellan weeds a bed of nasturtiums while working at Rogers Farm in Old Town. The Black Bear Food Guild is the University of Maine's community-supported agriculture program organized ... and more »

Rep. Chellie Pingree: We Must Act to Protect Integrity of the Certified Organic Label - Civil Eats
6/22/2017 5:07:07 AM
Civil Eats Rep. Chellie Pingree: We Must Act to Protect Integrity of the Certified Organic Label Civil Eats Meeting organic certification standards costs farmers time and money. For instance, Abby Sadauckus and Jake Galle raise a variety of certified organic livestock at Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine . Among their expenses for meeting USDA standards ... and more »

Letter to the editor: At Maine dairies, products are truly 'organic' - Press Herald
5/16/2017 4:27:29 AM
Letter to the editor: At Maine dairies, products are truly 'organic' Press Herald ... 'organic' milk is the real thing,” published in the May 2 Portland Press Herald, underscored one of the major enforcement challenges facing the organic dairy industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's administration of organic certification ...

Why the Tom's of Maine Founder Thinks He Can Create the Next Patagonia - Inc.com
4/12/2017 5:35:22 AM
Inc.com Why the Tom's of Maine Founder Thinks He Can Create the Next Patagonia Inc.com Since there was no organic certification for treating American wool to be machine washable, Chappell came up with a system of shipping raw U.S. wool to a certified-organic fiber-cleaning facility in Germany, and then re-importing it to a certified ...

What you should know about food labeling in Maine - Bangor Daily News
3/8/2017 6:04:00 AM
Bangor Daily News What you should know about food labeling in Maine Bangor Daily News Some small Maine farmers are forgoing their organic certification while still using organic growing practices, for reasons that include the price of certification, or oppositions to the USDA's co-opting of the term organic. Some local farmers that ...

Why some Maine farmers say organic certification is worth the effort - Bangor Daily News
6/23/2016 10:14:14 AM
Bangor Daily News Why some Maine farmers say organic certification is worth the effort Bangor Daily News Bradley Theriault inspects one of the two greenhouses with his son Konnor Martin on Theriault All Natural Farms in Fort Kent. Theriault runs the organic farm with Aurora Jerkins and decided not to renew their MOFGA certification this year. Buy Photo. and more »