Maine’s Ag Community and the Affordable Care Act

Do you need affordable health insurance? Free, in-person help is available! The Maine Migrant Health Program is a non-profit organization with over 20 years of experience providing health care to Maine’s migrant and seasonal farmworkers. If you own your own farm, need coverage for you and your family, are an employee who is looking for coverage, or a member of the general public, we are here to help members of Maine’s agricultural community get enrolled in a health insurance plan.

We have Certified Application Counselors across the state that are available to:

  • meet with you to provide information on the Affordable Care Act
  • explain the discounts that are available to low and moderate income individuals and families
  • assist you in applying for coverage
  • support you in choosing a health insurance plan.

Our services are free and available to the general public. Don’t delay! The deadline to enroll is March 31st 2014. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Please call Liz Charles at 207-441-1633 or Eduardo Cortes at 207-485-5553 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Oakhurst Sold to DFA Cooperative

The Bennett family — for a long time the “First Family” of Maine Dairy, and well known for challenging Big Ag interests by insisting on labeling their milk as being produced without growth hormones — have now decided to transfer their company to Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative processor. Oakhurst currently contracts with 70 Maine dairy farms for it’s milk. DFA is owned by roughly 8000 dairy farms across the continental US, and has purchased milk from many Maine dairy farms even before the Oakhurst acquisition. At this time DFA has indicated that the Oakhurst brand will be maintained in its New England sales region. The Bennett family members who have worked at the company were expected to stay on, and no employee reductions were anticipated elsewhere in the company.

2014 Workshop Scholarships

The Guild has decided to offer two scholarships to each of our upcoming intermediate/advanced workshops —

that would reimburse the scholarship winners for HALF the cost of the workshop fee.

Anyone interested in receiving a scholarship will need to be a member in good standing of the Maine Cheese Guild and should send their contact information, plus a paragraph describing your operation and why you deserve a scholarship to by February 1st. Submissions will be reviewed and voted upon by the MCG board, and scholarship winners will be announced by February 15th when winners, as well as runner-ups (in case the winner backs out) will be notified. Winners will then need to send in their half-tuition to the Guild Treasurer