Stories about U.S. Department of Agriculture

Chief Joseph Socobasin of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township

Federal grant will advance Passamaquoddy maple syrup venture

By Tim Cox on Aug. 01, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.

Town faces backlash after geese are rounded up on Oakland beach, killed

By Katherine Underwood, CBS 13 on June 25, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
Fox Islands wind turbines are shown in 2012. The village of North Haven can be seen in the upper left-hand corner.

Fox Islands Electric gets $593,000 federal loan for upgrades

By Stephen Betts on May 06, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
A honey bee gets tangled in strand of spider web on a milk weed in July 2012. Bees' natural food is honey, but beekeepers typically feed their bees honey substitutes such as sugar or corn syrup. A recent study suggests that such practices are contributing to colony collapse disorder.

Keepers feeding bees honey substitutes may contribute to colony collapse disorder, says study

By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters on June 03, 2013, at 4:31 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage blasts feds for denying photo ID requirement for EBT card users

By Christopher Cousins on March 01, 2013, at 11:51 a.m.
Bottled water packaging is wedged into a Dumpster behind the Shaw's supermarket on Main Street in Bangor in 2010. A pair of men were spotted there after purchasing several cases of bottled water with food assistance money and then emptying the bottles in this holding dock area behind the supermarket so they could redeem the empty bottles for deposit money.

New rules will penalize food stamp recipients for ‘water dumping’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 20, 2013, at 12:55 p.m.
“I recall several years ago Bangor police responding to a downtown store where a person bought a whole case [of bottled water] and just stepped outside the door and dumped all the water out for the purpose of getting that 5 cents,” USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon said Wednesday during a phone interview.
The port of Eastport is seen in an aerial photograph in 2010.

Dairy cow, pulp exports help Port of Eastport generate $250,000 surplus in 2012

By Tom Walsh on Feb. 13, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.
Ed Clement has been serving lunch at Bangor High School for four years. Lunches "are getting much healthier," says Clement. The nutritional value of school lunches in the Bangor school system has changed and improved over the last five years by adding whole grains, salad bars, and more fruits and vegetables to the menu.

School lunch changes: Are Maine students or the trash getting more fruits and vegetables?

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 13, 2013, at 4:17 p.m.
Kevin Concannon -- U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services -- addresses reporters Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in Portland's Stone Street playground at Unity Village. Concannon, former state commissioner of the Department of Human Services, is visiting southern Maine sites this week to tout summer lunch programs for children and other nutrition initiatives.

USDA under secretary touts food programs in Portland, asks Congress to resist cuts

By Seth Koenig on July 25, 2012, at 5:19 p.m.

USDA officials meet in Scarborough with women in agriculture

By Matt Wickenheiser on April 18, 2012, at 5:49 p.m.

Maine wholesaler detects E. coli, recalls beef products

on April 11, 2012, at 8:51 p.m.

USDA eyes opportunities in Maine

By Matt Wickenheiser on Feb. 10, 2012, at 1:22 p.m.

USDA honors healthy Maine schools

on Dec. 08, 2011, at 6:54 p.m.
Sean Bennett, followed by his wife Becky, along with daughter Ava, hauls a Christmas tree out of the field at Piper Mountain Christmas Trees in Newburgh on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. Both Bennetts say they would suport a tax on Christmas trees if it helped to promote the natural product.

Is conservative media the Grinch that stole Maine tree growers’ Christmas?

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 25, 2011, at 6:14 p.m.
Thomas Critchley, operations manager of the Port of Eastport, walks through the $8 million port expansion in March.

Eastport gets federal approval to continue burgeoning cattle exports

By Kevin Miller on Nov. 03, 2011, at 7:55 p.m.
Baked potatoes are covered with chili, broccoli, sour cream and cheese during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine, recently.

Snowe joins Collins in Senate vote for unlimited potatoes in school lunches

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 18, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.
Jan Anderson and Wayne Snyder stand Thursday, Sept. 29 in the just-rented facility for their new company, Coastal Farms and Foods. Beginning in April 2012, the manufacturing space formerly used by Moss Inc. will be used to freeze, process and store farm products from within a 50-mile radius of Belfast.

New food processing facility in Belfast kicking off

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 29, 2011, at 4:14 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage looks to merge state’s Conservation, Agriculture departments

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 29, 2011, at 3:54 p.m.

Three Maine wood pellet producers receive biofuel grants

By Alex Barber on Sept. 27, 2011, at 7:22 p.m.
In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, baked potatoes are displayed in a dish during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner. New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches.

Collins fights to keep potatoes in school lunches

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press on Sept. 26, 2011, at 5:28 a.m.