Agricultural Infrastructure Investment Program

In 2022, the Mills Administration invested approximately $20 million in federal funds to help Maine farmers and food processors improve critical infrastructure. This funding enabled farms and agricultural businesses to pursue upgrades that will mitigate the adverse effects of COVID-19, increase the supply of Maine-grown food, enhance supply chain resilience, and help grow and sustain one of Maine's heritage industries.

DACF partnered with Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI) to administer the Agricultural Infrastructure Investment Program (AIIP). The program has closed.

AIIP represented a one-time opportunity supported by federal emergency funding available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department understands that there is a further need for financial support within Maine agriculture, and is committed to advocating for additional funding that can support future investment programs.

In August 2022, funding was awarded to 64 agricultural businesses. The awards ranged from $41,669 to $500,000, averaging $301,217. Awards were distributed to a mix of different scales and types of production across all sixteen counties.

Award Recipients

Business Name County Amount Awarded
Apple Creek Farm Sagadahoc $250,000.00
Aroostook Band of Micmacs Aroostook $250,000.00
Aurora Mills & Farm, LLC Aroostook $499,911.00
Baker Brook Farm Creamery Cumberland $250,000.00
Bigelow Brewing Company Somerset $500,000.00
Black Acres Farm, LLC Franklin $224,500.00
Blue Barn, LLC dba Bluet Cumberland $178,000.00
Blue Barrens Farm Washington $120,347.45
Blue Hill Berry Co. Hancock $454,550.00
Blue Ox Blueberries Hancock $127,650.00
Blue Ox Malthouse Androscoggin $500,000.00
Brodis Blueberries Knox $500,000.00
Buck Family Farms, LLC Aroostook $500,000.00
Caldwell Family Farm Androscoggin $250,000.00
Circle B Farms, LLC Aroostook $250,000.00
Common Wealth Poultry Co Kennebec $500,000.00
Crooked Face Creamery Somerset $66,019.00
Crystal Spring Community Farm, LLC - DBA Crystal Spring Farm Cumberland $133,514.90
Emery Farm Kennebec $246,482.00
Fitzpatrick & Peabody Farms, LLC Aroostook $250,000.00
Five Pillars Butchery House of Meat, LLC Waldo $250,000.00
Frith Farm, LLC Cumberland $247,775.00
Goranson Farm Lincoln $41,669.00
Grace Pond Farm, LLC Knox $247,957.80
Greener Days Farm Lincoln $249,947.68
Harvesting Good Androscoggin/Cumberland  $500,000.00
Hatch's Custom Meat Cutting, LLC Aroostook $381,789.40
Heiwa Tofu Inc Knox $456,791.00
Herring Brothers Meats Piscataquis $498,000.00
Houlton Farms Dairy, Inc. Aroostook $497,550.00
Kennebec Cheesery at Koons Farm Kennebec $47,730.00
Maine Crisp Company, LLC Kennebec $497,798.00
Maine Food Group Cumberland $500,000.00
Maine Grains, Inc. Somerset $500,000.00
Maple Lane Farms, LLC Penobscot $500,000.00
McLaughlin Family Farms, LLC Aroostook $250,000.00
Merrill Blueberry Farms, Inc. Hancock $500,000.00
Michaud Farm Kennebec $159,456.82
Nature's Circle Farm Aroostook $250,000.00
Olde Haven Farm, LLC Kennebec $250,000.00
Pachanga LLC dba Tortilleria Pachanga Cumberland $308,104.48
Pumpkin Vine Family Farm, LLC Lincoln $250,000.00
R A S Wines Cumberland $443,500.00
Rainbow Farm Hancock $125,705.00
Ricker Hill Orchards Androscoggin $250,000.00
Roux's Farm, LLC York $80,000.00
Rusted Rooster Farm Piscataquis $250,000.00
Seal Cove Farm Hancock $67,742.00
Six River Farm, LLC Sagadahoc $250,000.00
Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine, DBA Liberation Farms Androscoggin $223,476.00
Southpaw Packing Company, Inc. Cumberland $500,000.00
Spear Farms, Inc. Lincoln $250,000.00
Springdale Jerseys, Inc. Waldo $153,622.00
The Margolin Family Farm and Processing Oxford $221,610.69
The Milkhouse Kennebec $139,200.00
Thirty Acre Farm Rules Lincoln $250,000.00
Thomas Farms Penobscot $249,420.00
Tide Mill Organic Farm, LLC Washington $497,569.50
Troy A Thibodeau, DBA Fleece, Feathers and Swine Androscoggin $250,000.00
Two Farmers Farm, LLC York $250,000.00
Ummah Enterprise, LLC Androscoggin $175,152.99
Weston's Meat and Poultry Kennebec $500,000.00
Winter Hill Farm, LLC Cumberland $250,000.00
WR Allen, Inc Hancock $465,317.89

About the Program

A range of funding was offered through AIIP, including smaller grants for on-farm improvements and larger grants for processing projects. There was no no match required and no minimum request amount.

Examples of eligible investments include:

  • Capital improvements, including modifications to existing buildings and construction of new buildings;
  • Upgrades to utilities (including water, electric, heat, refrigeration, freezing, and waste facilities);
  • Growing, processing, and manufacturing equipment and construction;
  • Packaging and handling equipment;
  • Technology that allows increased capacity or business resilience (including software and hardware related to business functions, logistics, inventory management, plant production and monitoring controls, to enable extended or year-round production); and
  • Technical assistance, including market research and feasibility studies, engineering and construction planning, land use planning, facility design and configuration planning, and other services that directly support future implementation of infrastructure-related capacity-building projects.