Yesterday’s Portland Daily Sun published a feature article on the federal government’s pilot efforts to promote organic food.
[U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary] Merrigan was in Portland to promote more than $19 million in USDA grants that have been awarded to universities to be applied toward organic agriculture research and education. More than $1.3 million of this appropriation was granted to University of Maine and the University of Vermont for an initiative called the “Northern New England Local Bread Wheat Project.”
This project features Portland’s Borealis Breads as one of its partners, with the goal of increasing the supply of locally grown organic wheat.
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The bread wheat project, and the news of the $1.3 million grant, were featured in the Portland Press Herald back in July. You can see the story here: http://bit.ly/EEZ8y