Forestry

Maine Farmland Trust

Farming in Maine is in transition. According to the most recent Census of Agriculture, in the five years from 2012-2017, Maine lost 10 percent of its farmland and 573 farms. On the other hand, Maine has more young farmers per capita than just about any other state. Agriculture Commissioner Amanda Beal is responsible for helping grow and promote agriculture in Maine. Beal has recently been in the news pushing to extend federal aid to members of Maine’s wild blueberry industry. She’s also requested that the federal government finalize its proposed “origin of livestock” standards for organic dairy farms. We’ll discuss the other initiatives Beal is engaged with and the priorities of the Mills’ administration.

 


River drivers in Maine pushing logs down river circa 1960s on a river in Maine.
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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 20 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 22 at 11:00 am

This film serves as a vivid illustration of the skills, life and character of the turn of the century Maine Lumbermen and River Drivers.

Maine's Forest Economy

Oct 17, 2017
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Broadcasting live from the University of Maine at Presque Isle:

The forest economy in Maine has been a major force, especially in Northern Maine. How is forestry adapting to changes in the market and in the environment, and how are new workers being trained for a changing industry?

 

Guests: Doug Cyr, Human Resource Manager, Irving Woodlands, LLC & Irving Forest Products, Inc.