The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is awarding grants to expand wild blueberry wine, and a flower collective, intending to grow markets for the state’s specialty crops. Agency commissioner Amanda Beal said the money - about a half million dollar in agricultural grants- will help recipients “test technologies that enhance the resilience and sustainability of our production systems.”
The potato board is getting more than $79,000 to find ways to improve pest management practices for a kind of potato virus. Blue Barn LLC will get more than $62,000 to boost blueberry wine. The Maine Flower Collective is set to get more than $90,000 to increase market competitiveness of Maine-cut flowers. Other recipients include Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the University of Maine System.