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Charleston farmer honored at Maine Agricultural Trades Show

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AUGUSTA — Barry Higgins of Maple Lane Farms in Charleston received the Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award Jan. 9 at the 77th annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show Commissioner’s Luncheon. Gov. Paul R. LePage joined Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb to present the farm with the award in recognition of the many contributions made to Maine agriculture. The annual award has been given since 2001.

The honor was inscribed with the words, “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 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 1,600 acres in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties, with 500 acres in corn, 60 acres in barley and the rest in hay production. The family keeps about 400 head of dairy and beef cattle. More information is available at: http://maplelanefarmsme.com/

Photo courtesy of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
AGRICULTURE HONOR — Barry Higgins, right of Maple Lane Farms in Charleston was presented with the Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award Jan. 9 at the 77th annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show Commissioner’s Luncheon in Augusta. Higgins is pictured with Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb, left, and Gov. Paul R. LePage.

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