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AGRICULTURE TODAY

  • Agriculture in Maine represents about $500 million in sales each year at the farm level, with another $800 in food processing.
  • There are about 7,400 farms operating on 600,000 acres of cropland.
  • The agri-food business provides over 60,000 full and part-time jobs throughout Maine.


December 9, 1999 - Rural Development Forum

MPBN Report by Naomi Schalit



Links to agricultural organizations and services:

Rural Development
www.rurdev.usda.gov/

Maine Department of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Resources
www.state.me.us/agriculture/

U.S. Department of Agriculture
www.usda.gov/

National Grange
www.nationalgrange.org

Maine Food and Farms
www.mainefoodandfarms.com

Agriculture Network Information Center
www.agnic.org

Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station, University of Maine, Orono
www.umaine.edu/mafes/

Market and Production Development
www.state.me.us/agriculture/mpd/index.html

The Chewonki Foundation
http://www.chewonki.org/

Kelmscott Farm
www.kelmscott.org

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
www.mofga.org

Norlands Living History Center
www.norlands.org

The Morris Farm Trust
www.morrisfarm.org/


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