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AG NEWS - 07/12/2017

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Open Farm Day

Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 to experience Open Farm Day throughout the State of Maine!


Over 80 farms state-wide will open their doors to connect with their neighbors and communities. Many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale, and animals and crops to experience. Activities include barn and field tours, milking, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments.

To view the most current list of participants, please visit:

Harvest New England Day at The Big E


The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry would like to invite Maine producers to take part in a unique and great opportunity to showcase their products and company at one of the largest agriculture fairs in the country. Please join us for Harvest New England Day at the State of Maine building, located at the Eastern States Exposition on Friday, September 29th, 2017 from 10am to 5pm. The Eastern States Exposition (Big E) takes place every September in West Springfield, Massachusetts and attracts over 1,498,605 fairgoers each year over seventeen days. The State of Maine building showcases Maine foods and products, as well as features information on Maine’s resources in agriculture, commerce, culture, food, fisheries, forests, wildlife, recreation and tourism. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry takes pride in the operation and management of the building and Maine’s participation in this annual event. 


Harvest New England Day is a chance for Maine companies to promote and market their agricultural products and companies through an informational display, educational activities, sampling and selling at one of the largest consumer based fairs in the Northeast. If interested in obtaining an application for the event, please contact Samantha Howard at 287-7620, or email


We look forward to partnering with you on this this great opportunity to promote the wonderful agricultural companies and products within our state. Please be sure to follow up with us if you have questions.




The Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC) is inviting Pre-Proposals for project funding consideration.  This 2018 Request for Pre-Proposals (RFA) identifies targeted research areas that NRAC is considering for funding.  The NRAC selection criteria, review process and Pre-Proposal submission guidelines are described in the Request for Pre-Proposals


The deadline for submitting Pre-Proposals is Monday, August 21, 2017. (Local Time in College Park, Maryland).  Pre-Proposals will be reviewed to determine which investigators will be invited to submit detailed full proposals for consideration.  Eventual funding will require a successful full proposal.  Successful proposals are expected to receive funding prior to August 1, 2018.  

To learn more about this opportunity