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Interim Guidance for Essential Agriculture Businesses

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has developed interim guidelines to help answer owner and employee questions about essential agriculture, horticulture, and animal care operations. The department’s website,  containing a broad range of COVID-19 resources, is available here: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/covid19/ and includes a wealth of  Read More »

Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Program

The National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition (NSAC) has published a comprehensive guide for the 2019-2020 Grant Cycle. Program Basics The Value-Added Producer Grant program (VAPG), a subprogram of the Local Agriculture Market program (LAMP), provides grants, awarded on a competitive basis, to individual independent agricultural producers,  Read More »

Federal Register Publishes Interim Final Rule Establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program

October 31, 2019 The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the official publication of an interim final rule, which establishes the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. This program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the  Read More »

FACT’s 2019 Fund-a-Farmer Livestock Grants

FACT is now accepting applications for their next round of Fund-a-Farmer Grants. The application deadline is December 2, 2019 and grants will be awarded in winter 2020. This year FACT is delighted to again offer three types grants to working, independent family farmers located in  Read More »