- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - Rep. Chellie Pingree says a pair of United States Department of Agriculture grants will help Maine’s young farmers learn their craft.

The two grants are Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program funds.

One is a grant of nearly $600,000 to Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport to expand the farm’s organic dairy farmer training program. The program allows apprentices to live on the farm while managing a herd of cows.

The other grant is a more than $200,000 pledge to the National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte, Montana. Pingree says the money will fund a program that supports hundreds of beginning military veteran farmers in Maine and around the Northeast. She says the program includes a one-week “Armed to Farm” training program in sustainable agriculture.

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