The following list of organizations and programs includes:
- Agricultural Information
If you know of additional useful links please let us know!
* indicates a partner organization with Maine FarmLink
• Maine Farmland Trust (MFT)*
The purpose of Maine Farmland Trust is to permanently preserve and protect Maine’s agricultural land; to assist landowners, land trusts, and municipal and state agencies in identifying and protecting agricultural land; and to make those agricultural lands available for farmers in the future.
• Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA)
CFRA website has information on legislative issues, rural development updates and other helpful links for all farmers.
• Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine (ELFC)
The Eat Local Foods Coalition (ELFC) is a nonprofit coalition of individuals and organizations committed to promoting and increasing in-state consumption of Maine farm products.
• Growing New Farmers
Geared towards both new farmers and service providers who work with new farmers. Includes a directory, Q&A, and a variety of useful information.
• Local Harvest
Promoting local food through listings of CSAs, farmers’ markets, food co-ops and restaurants. Free and easy to list your farm or event.
• Maine Agricultural Center (MAC)*
MAC brings together the agriculturally related programs of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture; the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
• Maine Dept of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources*
Offers a number of programs for farmers. Including the below links:
• Get Real Get Maine
A comprehensive website for both consumers and producers in Maine.
• Maine Farm Bureau
Maine Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, non-profit voluntary organization that lobbies for issues important to agriculture, landowners and the rural way of life.
• Maine Farms Project at CEI
Coordinates several business development programs including: Farm Financing; Farm Counseling; Farms for the Future; Image Building Concepts & New American Farmers
• Maine Foods Network
Aims to make it easier for Maine farmers to find local markets for their world-class produce, as well as for Maine businesses to offer the highest quality local foods to their customers.
• Maine Organic Farmers’ and Gardeners’ Association (MOFGA)*
MOFGA’s programs include certification, education, apprenticeships, policy updates, the Common Ground Country Fair, and all things organic throughout the state. www.mofga.org
MOFGA offers the apprenticeship program for beginning organic
farmers http://www.mofga.org/Programs/FarmApprenticeships/tabid/502/Default.aspx and the journeyperson program http://www.mofga.org/Programs/Journeypersons/tabid/228/Default.aspx for more experienced farmers.
• Maine Women’s Agricultural Network
Provides networking opportunities, business planning, workshops and other information to women in agriculture.
• National Farm Transition Network (NFTN)
This network lists programs that foster next generation farmers and ranchers throughout the nation. The site includes other linking programs and useful publications.
• National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
Includes extensive publications on specific crops and management systems as well as opportunities for funding for sustainable agriculture programs and news in sustainable agriculture.
Includes a list of funding opportunities: http://attra.ncat.org/funding/
• The New England Small Farm Institute
Includes an extensive bookstore with great resources for small farmers at all points in their careers. Also lists events, courses and workshops.
• The New Farm: Farmer-to-Farmer Know-How from the Rodale Institute
Includes a lot of information on specific management practices as well as “farm blogs,” news, and a farm locator.
• University of Maine Cooperative Extension*
Extension offers a wide range of information on agricultural activities, programs and services.
• Maine Care
If your income falls under a certain amount and you are pregnant or have children, you may be eligible for state-sponsored health care.
• Maine Bureau of Insurance
Keeps track of all registered insurance agents in the state and provides a searchable database of companies. The site also lists other registered professionals, such as surveyors.
• Maine Association of Dispute Resolution Professionals (MADRP)
MADRP focuses on alternative dispute resolution. The site includes a listing of members and a searchable database for mediators. Also includes links to other mediation services throughout the state.
• Community Mediation Services (Augusta)
Promoting community peacemaking using trained volunteers to help people resolve everyday disagreements in our schools, homes, communities and workplaces.
• Maine’s “Current Use” Tax Programs
Maine offers reduced tax rates for farmland, open space and tree growth land that meets the requirements.