Governor LePage and Commissioner Whitcomb Celebrate Agriculture at Maine Farm Days in Clinton

August 22, 2012

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Contact: Evan Beal (207) 287-5086

AUGUSTA – Today Governor Paul LePage and Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb traveled to Misty Meadows Farm in Clinton to attend the Maine Farm Days, a two-day celebration of Maine agriculture.

“It is fitting that Commissioner Whitcomb and I were given the opportunity to speak with Maine’s farmers in Clinton, the milk capital of Maine,” said Governor LePage. “Maine farmers are small-business owners and the backbone of our economy. My administration will continue to build an environment where they can grow and prosper.”

Governor LePage and Commissioner Whitcomb made brief remarks to an audience of farmers, agricultural business owners, and other attendees. Commissioner Whitcomb and Governor LePage discussed a number of topics, such as the need for infrastructure improvements to transport Maine agricultural products, as well as the benefits of consolidating the Departments of Conservation and Agriculture into a new Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. Following their remarks, Governor LePage and Commissioner Whitcomb toured the many exhibits and booths set up at the event and met with Maine Farm Day attendees, business representatives, and organizers.

"We appreciate the presence Governor LePage and Commissioner Whitcomb here at Maine Farm Days. Our local farmers had a chance to discuss their concerns and ideas, which led to a productive conversation with the Governor and the Commissioner. Dialogue like this makes Maine Farm Days both fun and informative," said John Stoughton, co-owner of Misty Meadows Farm and one of the primary organizers of Maine Farm Days.

Maine Farm Days serves Mainers in both a recreational and informational capacity, by providing family-friendly events like ice cream making, a petting zoo, a whoopie pie contest, and a hayride, as well as pesticide use/safety courses, information on new equipment/technology, and discussions with state officials.

“Maine’s agricultural economy, always challenging, is growing in many ways. There are more small dairies producing cheese for farmer’s markets and large dairies milking many cows for major processing plants,” said Commissioner Whitcomb. “Governor LePage wanted to hear directly from the food and fiber producers in rural Maine and their suggestions for improving the economic climate. Many Maine Farm Day visitors enjoyed the chance to speak with the Governor.”

For more information on Maine Farm Days, click here