Title

The majority of farms in Maine are either small, several acre operations that ar

Source

Down East

Date

1-1-2012

Pages

68-71, 84, 86-87

Abstract

The majority of farms in Maine are either small, several acre operations that are often located near large population areas or large producers with larger seasonal staffs located in less expensive rural regions of the state. Small farmers face the challenges of buying their own health insurance or going without coverage and finding affordable land near heavily populated areas with high land values. Many small farmers end up leasing farmland and living elsewhere which means that all their hard work does not end up building equity for their future. The Maine Farmland Trust has stepped up its efforts to protect 100,000 acres for agricultural usage over the next five years due to their prediction that as much as 25% of Maine's agricultural land could be sold over the next 10 to 15 years.

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