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  • Anonymous

    I’m afraid that it is almost too late for an agriculture class in the Houlton area. The number of farms has dwindled to a very low number when compared to just a decade ago. For a young person just starting out on their own, the costs of operating a small farm are daunting to say the least.  First you need to aquirre land, then machinery, then crops, which mean fertilizer must be prchased along with seed for your crops and fuel to run the equipment, crop insurane, storage facilities,more insurance on those buildings , that doesn’t even begin to factor in the cost of labor, the actual cost of just daily living,taxes ect..and then you have to market and sell your crops……..A class might help prepare a few youngsters, but the startup cost along with potential years of debt and long hours that are needed to farm will deter most students.

    The Southern Aroostook area at one time was thriving with farms, but that era is almost gone , sadly.

    • Anonymous

       The amount of farms and farmers now compared to 2002 hasn’t changed much in Southern Aroostook. Maybe now compared to 20 0r 30 years ago might support your claim better.

    • Anonymous

      The southern aroostook area at one time was thriving with lots of things. Farmers aren’t the only thing gone. Find something else to dwell upon.

  • Anonymous

    This is just another example of the differences of the “Two Maines”. Eighty percent of the State’s population live in the southern- most three counties and essentially own the Legislature and dictate the terms for the north  including Aroostook, the largest county east of the Mississippi.  Aroostook is bordered on three sides by Canada and today would be better off as a part of Canada instead of Maine. Most of it is now owned by Canadian companies anyway. The residents would benefit, getting  free health care and expanded job opportunities,  etc….
     

    • I object, in part. We should lease Aroostook County to New Brunswick. Never can be too careful, they might find shale-oil or something and the Maine may want it back.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe we should give everything South of Bangor back to Massachusetts, there seems to be little difference.

        • That would work too

      • Anonymous

        Please Make Bangor a border town. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for technology but why the hell are we trying to sync calendars with each school district?   I fail to see any benefit from this. 

  • Anonymous

    Leave it to our great legislature to enact more narrow minded legislation w/o understanding that ONE SIZE FITS NONE!!!

  • Anonymous

    If Bowen supports it, it’s probably not a good idea for Maine. 

  • Anonymous

    It is time for the so called harvest break to be put behind us.  It serves not the purpose of it’s original intent.  The machinery that is used today no longer warrants a harvest break.  For those children whose families still farm they should be allowed if there is a real benefit to their parents operation.  You need to let this go folks.  Also if they are going to put this together without a waiver that is good there are too many exceptions that no one has any idea who is doing what when.

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