|MOFGA, KVCOG get grants that may create up to 71 jobs|
Kennebec Journal - 9/30/2015. The USDA has awarded four Maine organizations a total of $275,000 through the Rural Business Development Grant program. MOFGA, based in Unity, is getting $98,950 to "assist with organic grower business consultation services, organic farming workshops and professional training, and third-party loans for non-production purposes from an organic farmers' revolving loan fund." The project has the potential to create 50 jobs, the USDA said.
|The Exxons of agriculture|
Grain - 9/30/2015. Fertiliser companies are among the world's top climate villains, a new report from GRAIN asserts. Their products could be responsible for up to 10% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, not to mention the damage wreaked on waterways, soils and the ozone layer. But policies to transition agriculture out of its current dependence on chemical fertilisers are being undermined by the fertiliser industry's lobby efforts.
|Making Granola from Sunshine: New GrandyOats Facility to be 100 Percent Solar Powered|
PV Solar Report - 9/30/2015. For the last 14 years, GrandyOats has been producing its granola products from a historic dairy farm in Maine. However, the time has come for the company to move into a larger home, and they are going in solar style. Keeping with the spirit of the company, they are moving to an abandoned elementary school, which has been closed for the last 6 years.