Barry Higgins honored at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

January 9, 2018

For more information contact: John Bott at: (207) 287-3156

AUGUSTA? Barry Higgins of Maple Lane Farms (Charleston, ME) received the Commissioner?s Distinguished Service Award today at the 77th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show Commissioner?s Luncheon. Governor Paul R. LePage joined Commissioner Walt Whitcomb to present them with the award in recognition of their many contributions to Maine agriculture. The annual award has been given since 2001.

Award inscription:

?Your leadership in defending the importance of food safety helped turn the tide of public policy. As a highly diversified agricultural enterprise, Maple Lane Farm is an outstanding example of a business that adjusts its focus to meet market demand.?

Maple Lane Farms:

Maple Lane Farms is a fourth-generation family farm and has been at the same location since 1935 when Stanley Higgins bought the farm. Today, the whole family is incorporated into the business. The farm has nearly 1600 acres in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties, with 500 acres in Corn, 60 acres in barley and the rest in hay production. They keep about 400 head of dairy and beef cattle.

More information is available at:

Maine Agricultural Trades Show:

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry?s annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show highlights Maine agriculture and the people involved through demonstrations, presentations and meetings of nearly 50 major agricultural organizations. There are over 125 exhibits featuring the newest in agricultural products, equipment and services. One of the state?s largest agricultural exhibitions, the event is expected to draw more than 5,000 people over the course of three days (January 9-11). Admission is free and open to the public.

This three-day event has something for everyone, the farmer, non-farmer, hobbyist, educator or supplier. Attendees can walk through, observe and learn about how food is harvested and processed. Farmers and producers can see the most up-to-date farm equipment and processing methods and equipment.

Remaining Trades Show floor hours:

  • Wednesday, January 10, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 11, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The complete program and schedule are available at:


Supporting documents

Pictured: Commissioner Walt Whitcomb, Governor Paul R. LePage and Barry Higgins.