In partnership with the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets, we support both farmers and consumers by helping farmers markets obtain Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) machines, which are necessary for markets to redeem SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps). This enables farmers to sell more and makes farmers markets more abundant and robust—a benefit to all consumers.
Integrated Pest Management is an ever more crucial part of agriculture today. Using the latest technologies, CPS offers in-depth comprehensive field and crop scouting as a service available to you. CPS scouts precisely assess pest pressure and crop performance, evaluating economic risks from pest infestations and disease that may arise on your farm, as well as determining the potential effectiveness of disease control treatments.
Organic Certification allows a farm or processing facility to sell, label, and represent their products as organic. Any organic operation in violation of the USDA organic regulations is subject to enforcement actions, which can include financial penalties or suspension/revocation of their organic certificate.
Plant Variety Protection
The Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) provides intellectual property protection to breeders of new varieties of seeds and tubers. Implementing the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA), we examine new applications and grant certificates that protect varieties for 20 years (25 years for vines and trees). Our certificates are recognized worldwide and allow faster filing of foreign PVP applications.
Farm Fresh Produce
Farm Fresh Produce offers a wide and appealing array of absolutely fresh produce, seasonal as well as year-round. Fruits in season and all manner of vegetables are truly fresh – browse the aisles for everything from grapes to bananas to lettuce and limes.
Crops and varieties
Sustainable crop production intensification will use crops and varieties that are better adapted to ecologically based production practices than those currently available, which were bred for high-input agriculture. The targeted use of external inputs will require plants that are more productive, use nutrients and water more efficiently, have greater resistance to insect pests and diseases, and are more tolerant to drought, flood, frost and higher temperatures.