portlandpressheraldThe number two person in charge at the U.S. Department of Agriculture was in Maine on Monday to hear from local farmers – especially female farmers – about their challenges and to get a better understanding of Maine’s agricultural landscape.

A guest of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden visited Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport for a panel discussion with a group of women who own and operate farms or agricultural businesses in Maine. Many of the challenges the panelists brought up are ones shared by farmers across the country: access to capital, distribution networks, marketing… (click here to read full article)