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Beacon Business News, May 19, 2011

Posted May 13, 2011, at 10:28 p.m.

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Business fair

BELFAST — Sign up for a table to display information about your business or organization 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. Table rental is $10 each. The event is free and open to the public. There will be door prizes, refreshments and networking opportunities.

For more information, contact Erica Hughes at the Hutchinson Center at 338-8034 or erica_hughes@umit.maine.edu.

Grants to farmers

The Maine Department of Agriculture awarded 13 farms a total of $518,700 in Agriculture Water Source Development Cost Share grants for 2011 to help farmers build new water storage systems and drill wells to increase farm sustainability.

Farmers who received the grants are required to match the investment, bringing the total capital expenditure for water and irrigation projects to nearly $1 million.

There are some 8,100 farms in Maine on about 1.3 million acres. Farm-gate sales in Maine totaled nearly $676 million dollars in 2008.

The 13 farms awarded grants include County Fair Farm in Jefferson, Hope Orchards in Hope, Rolling Acres Farm in Monroe, Stoneyvale in Exeter and Thomas Farm in Corinth.

Nonprofit expo

ROCKPORT — The Midcoast Chapter of the Maine Women’s Network will host a special Non-Profit Night Expo at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Haven Event Center, Route 90. Members and guests can learn about local area nonprofit organizations while networking and enjoying hors d’oeuvres. The featured speaker will be Jim Christie of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Participating groups featured at the Non-Profit Night Expo include the Knox County Humane Society, Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Pen Bay Healthcare, Good Shepard Food Pantry, Georges River Land Trust, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity, New Hope for Women, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine and Coastal Opportunities’ Cash for Clothes.

Admission is $20 members, $25 guests of members and $28 others and includes hors d’oeuvres, time for networking and learning about the nonprofits, and the presentation. Online preregistration for members, guests and nonmembers is required at www.mainewomensnetwork.com by clicking on the “Event Registration” link.

Journalists gather for seminar

NORTHPORT — Harvard’s Nieman Fellowship program brings some of the world’s most promising mid-career journalists to Cambridge, Mass., to study and advance their careers. Fourteen of these fellows from 13 countries will spend Saturday, May 21, at Point Lookout focusing on “Journalism, Media and World Affairs” as part of a Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations annual event.

After the panel sessions, there will be a dinner for the fellows and their audience at the Summit at Point Lookout. National Public Radio foreign correspondent Anne Garrels, author of “Naked in Baghdad,” will address the group. Both the program and the dinner are open to the public.

The cost of the day program alone, including lunch with the Fellows and Garrels, is $40 per person. The cost of the day program, lunch and dinner events, all-inclusive, is $80 per person. For reservations and more information, call Sarah Rheault at 236-8288 or visit www.midcoastforum.org.

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