Area Specific

Agriculture & Food Producers

Maine SBDC business advisors can help with your agricultural or food business. Contact an advisor now In addition, below are some key resources.

 

Advocacy

Agricultural Council of Maine:

Established on July 11, 1990 to support Maine agriculture in two key ways: 1) to provide a forum for communication among agricultural groups; 2) to provide leadership and advocacy on agricultural issues that affect all sectors of Maine agriculture.

Marketing

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:

USDA Market News works with State Departments of Agriculture and local and regional food systems to provide prices, volume, and other information on agricultural commodities sold at local and regional markets throughout the United States.

Get Real Maine:

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry promotes agricultural businesses through the popular “get real. get maine!” promotional program. The website, www.getrealmaine.com features a searchable database of farms which list apples, berries, specialty foods and other farm products, and provides directions and maps to find Maine food and farm producers.

Current News

Morning Ag Clips:

Aggregator of stories from the general media, industry trades, extension publications and other sources. Through their website or state-by-state daily e-blast, millions of farmers, ranchers, industry leaders, advocates, educators and friends of farming get the quick one-two on agriculture happenings every business day.

Education

University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Agriculture

Provides practical, how-to solutions based on university research. Cooperative Extension agriculture experts help keep Maine farms financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable.

Regulatory

Organic Agriculture

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA): Website and MOFGA Resources

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The purpose of the Association is to help farmers and gardeners: grow organic food, fiber and other crops; protect the environment; recycle natural resources; increase local food production; support rural communities; and illuminate for consumers the connection between healthful food and environmentally sound farming practices.

Sustainable Agriculture

Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society:

The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (MESAS) explores, develops, and promotes sustainable agriculture in Maine. Additional Resources.

Slow Money Maine:

An intentionally inclusive, diverse network representing many sectors and communities in Maine, with a focus on supporting local sustainable food systems.

Value Added Food Producer

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry:

The Department regularly assists Maine citizens who wish to start food processing either in their homes, or in commercial kitchens. The Department has a number of staff and programs who can assist in development of safe and profitable enterprises. The Division of Resource Development assists small food processors with education and provides direct technical assistance to create sound, bankable business plans through a Nxlevel business planning course. Their business development specialists work with farmers and processors in developing business plans and loan applications when they apply to the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund. Through the Farms For The Future program, farmers have added food processing enterprises to their businesses.

Maine Products Marketing Program:

The goal of the Maine Products Marketing Program is to build recognition for Maine products, their producers and Maine industries in general.

New England Made Giftware and Specialty Food Show:

The New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show is a juried, wholesale buyers show featuring 250+ manufacturers of unique, quality New England made products including spices, candy, sauces, gourmet mixes, baked goods and other specialty food items.