Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry

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The Maine Center for Disease Control is investigating a second outbreak of COVID-19 within Maine's wild blueberry industry.

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Maine's Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says those three sectors have been underserved by the federal pandemic relief programs.

Maine is home to a new law designed to compel state institutions to procure more of their food from local producers.

Democrats in Maine say the state's law directs its Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to create a food procurement policy with a goal that 20% of food and food products procured by state institutions be from Maine.

The law, proposed by Democratic Rep. Craig Hickman of Winthrop, states that the goal must be accomplished by 2025. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the proposal into law in late March. It goes into effect on June 16.

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A legislative committee is questioning the legality of a lease for state lands that Central Maine Power needs for its proposed transmission corridor through Western Maine. Lawmakers say the lease requires approval from two-thirds of the Legislature.

Maine Forest Service

Maine's agriculture department has received a grant to purchase up to 20 drones to keep track of natural resources across the state.

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State agriculture officials have sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) expressing concerns that parts of the long-awaited federal hemp rule are too restrictive and could slow the growth of Maine's hemp industry.

Janet Mills

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has picked the executive director of Maine Farmland Trust to become the commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.