The Coastal Packet: The state of Maine farms

Wednesday, July 1

The state of Maine farms

Speaking at a panel on women in agriculture recently, USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel offered these stats: 
  •  There are 8173 fams in Maine, up from 7196 in 2002. 
  • 29% of Maine farmers are women, up from 25% in 2007
  • 48% of Maine farms list farming as the primary occupation
  • 30% of Maine farmes are 55-64 years of age
  • The number of farmers less than 35 years old has grown by nearly 40% in the past five years.

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