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Agricultural Business Development
Division staff are available to assist individual agricultural businesses
with help based on the knowledge and experience of various staff
members. Currently we handle issues regarding irrigation, cranberry
production, new crop development, labor, business planning, and market
development and promotion. If our staff cannot help you, we will
certainly help you find the resource person you may need.
Business Resource Directory
We can help you find information on agricultural subjects through
our various contacts and directories. The Division maintains a list
of farmers interested in promotional activities, agricultural associations,
agencies that regulate or support agriculture, and various other subjects.
The Department has developed a directory of cooperatives, various lists
of farmers by commodity produced, and is working on a labor regulations
Ag Business Planning Assistance
Need to expand, consolidate, or just better plan for your existing
business? Do you need a business plan to go to the bank? The Division supports business plan development through the use of scholarships
for farmers to take business planning courses. The Division can also give grants
to farmers to complete a business plan if they are seeking a loan through our
The Maine Farms for the Future Program is a competitive grants program that offers: Phase 1 - technical assistance grants to help farmers develop written business plans that improve the farm's viability; and Phase 2 - investment support grants to help farmers implement their business plans and put their "ideas for change" to work. Please contact the program administrator, Stephanie.Gilbert@Maine.gov to learn more about the program.
Need a loan to make capital improvements to your farm, food processing or aquaculture business? The Division manages two loan programs for that purpose, the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund and the Potato Market Improvement Program. In addition, the Department has published a new directory of sources of financing and grants which can be found at
The Division has a few grant programs available to help adopt new technology, promote products or conduct market research. Each program has it's own eligibility criteria and reporting requirements. Contact John Harker at 287-7620 or email John.Harker@maine.gov. for further information on any of the following programs:
Other Ag Development Programs and ProjectsAgricultural Water Source Development Cost Share Program
The state Agricultural Water Source Development Cost Share Program has provided over $5.4 million for projects including wells and ponds. All commodities and all size farms are assisted. The current program protects over 12,453 acres of crops from drought. The state investment will yield benefits for many years to come for the 150+ farmers currently in the program.
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