Governor Meets with Local Farmers

April 13, 2011

Knox, Maine – Governor Paul LePage and Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb visited Ingraham Equipment Company today in Knox. Ingraham’s hosted the 51st annual spring customer appreciation celebration with an all day open house. Freedom Grange members were assisting by serving a pancake breakfast, lunch and ice cream. Several agricultural commodity groups were featured as exhibitors and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife was on hand to promote the “Operation Game Thief” trailer. Company President, Rodney Ingraham indicated that approximately 400 visitors attended the annual event. “The family truly enjoys hosting this annual celebration and connecting with area farmers,” said Rodney Ingraham.

The Governor addressed the crowd of farmers and highlighted that the Commissioners he has brought on board, Commissioner Whitcomb of Agriculture, Commissioner Brown of DEP, and Commissioner Beardsley of Conservation, are dedicated to resolve unnecessary environmental regulations that often burden those in the agricultural community. “It was a pleasure to introduce Governor LePage to this rural Waldo County annual celebration,” said Commissioner Whitcomb.

The Governor talked about his top priorities which include job creation, tax reform, regulatory reform, lowering energy costs, health care reform and pension reform. “We need to get Maine back on track and our Administration is working to do that. One of the biggest changes you will see is the customer service you receive when you work with State departments. We need to be a government that is willing to help the people of Maine and work together,” said Governor LePage. “You all play a very important role in Maine’s economy.”

Ingraham Equipment Company Inc., a family-owned farm, lawn and garden equipment was started in 1960 by brothers John and Albert Ingraham. The brothers formed the company when they realized there was nowhere local for Waldo County farmers to buy tractors and other machinery. Ingraham Equipment Co. Inc. began as an International Harvester dealership but has expanded to include equipment from New Holland Agriculture and Case IH Agriculture, among other brands.