Evaluating Grains Grown in Aroostook County, Maine to Determine the Feasibility of Producing a Locally Grown Poultry Feed

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $2,134.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: barley, flax, oats, soybeans, wheat
  • Animals: poultry


  • Animal Production: feed formulation

    Proposal summary:

    Climate, soil, and market characteristics have come together to create a possible niche for organic poultry feed that can be grown in rotation with other organic grains. The farmer will research the dietary requirements of poultry, obtain grain samples for analysis, and develop a spreadsheet to compute the various nutritional values. She will find the best rations for different types of poultry, locate appropriate supplements, and determine which mixes are the most acceptable. The results will be published in a pamphlet for farmers interested in grains or poultry.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.