As Covid-19 makes its way through our community, we acknowledge that farmers are faced with unique challenges in an unpredictable market. The following survey was made in collaboration with agricultural organizations & agencies across the state to better assess the impact this virus is having on Maine farms. This will provide a sense of how we can best support you through direct assistance and policy in this changing time.
The following link provides a streamlined list of resources to support farmers in the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes resources around food safety, recommendations and federal support programs. It is updated daily by agricultural organizations & agencies across the state including the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. If you would like something added to this list as a resource, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Farmers
Veterans helping vets with a "hand up" not a "hand out".
We are a veterans-based nonprofit working for the betterment of ALL veterans in Maine.
Maine is home to the most veterans per capita in America.
At United Farmer Veterans of Maine, we work diligently toward fulfilling our mission in helping Maine veterans define a future around small agribusiness success.
We are an organization for veterans who have the drive to farm. At UFVM, we know what it takes to become successful farmers and we offer our decades of knowledge and experience to any veteran wishing to learn about farming.
We love our farms and our veterans here in Maine and welcome your feedback and suggestions.
UFVM Value Added Producer Grant
One of the greatest struggles veteran farms in Maine face is the ability to make a living wage from farming alone. Most have to work off the farm to make ends meet and have enough cash flow for improvements and necessary purchases for a successful farm. Many also produce goods for their own consumption but don’t have a licensed home kitchen where harvest can turn into profitable value added products. Our goal is to increase revenue for individual veteran farms with the Value Added Producer Grant to help establish a licensed home kitchen or commercial kitchen. Our hope is to ease the cost burden and stress associated with the licensing process, provide guidance for the licensing process, and promote veteran made products.
The Value Added Producer Grant awards up to $500 at the time of licensing and will not exceed actual licensing costs. Application is available to UFVM members. Learn more.