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Maine Agriculture: The Pandemic's Impact on Maine Farmers & How They Have Adapted


Maine’s Agriculture Commissioner Amanda Beal joins our panel to discuss how the pandemic has affected Maine’s agriculture industry, and what is being done to help farms across the state get through the crisis. We’ll also hear from a number of farmers on how they have adapted to the challenges, and what the future outlook is for agriculture in Maine.


Amanda Beal, commissioner, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Sarah Alexander, executive director, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Hannah Carter (call-in), dean, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Colleen Hanlon-Smith (call-in), co-owner of Daybreak Grower’s Alliance in Waldo County

Jenni Tilton-Flood (call-in), dairy farmer, Flood Brothers Farm in Clinton



Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.