Help for Farmers 

There is help on the horizon for struggling dairy farmers.A $350,000,000 dairy assistance program is included in the 2010 agriculture appropriations conference report.$290,000,00 of that will go directly to dairy producers.Funding has also been secured for agricultural research.450,000 will go to the University of Maine cooperative extension for a potato pest management program.Another 200,000 will go to research on the sustainable production and processing of Maine low-bush blueberries.Almost 5,000,000 has been secured for wood utilization research, and just under 300,000 will go to invasive plant research… both areas of research UMaine is involved in.