State looking to help wild blueberry industry

Maine lawmakers might try to pump some life into the state’s troubled wild blueberry industry by overhauling the makeup of the commission that promotes the state’s most important fruit crop.

Maine is America’s sole significant commercial producer of wild blueberries. These are smaller than the ubiquitous cultivated blueberries and are used in lots of frozen and processed products. The industry is weathering a difficult time, as harvesters collected about 57 million pounds of the fruit in 2018, down nearly 11 million pounds from the previous year. Prices have been lukewarm, too.

Source: Portland Press Herald

Regulators To Decide on Permit for CMP Project

The three-member panel must decide whether the 145-mile project, including 53 miles of new-cut corridor through the state’s western forests, should receive a “Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.” CMP is also seeking state environmental permits for the controversial project, which would bring hydroelectricity from Canada into the regional grid, to serve Massachusetts customers.

Source: Maine Public