St. John Valley

Growing for a purpose

VAN BUREN, Maine — Stems of barley wave in the afternoon breeze in this field along U.S. Route 1 in Van Buren on Aug. 2.

In Maine, the grain is grown both for livestock feed and malt production, which is used in the brewing of beer. For large potato growers, grains have traditionally been used mainly as a rotation crop. However, with an increasing demand for various grains in the livestock and food and beverage sectors, more farmers are tailoring grain production for those markets.

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