Maine State Chamber Showcases Innovation in Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry in OneVoice Maine Magazine
the Maine State Chamber of Commerce published the second edition of OneVoice Maine magazine. The Spring 2021 issue features the critical role innovation has played in the success of Maine’s heritage industries – agriculture, fishing and forestry – and how these core industries continue to play an important role in Maine’s economy.
“We are very excited to present this edition of OneVoice Maine,” said Dana Connors, President and CEO of the State of Maine Chamber of Commerce. “This issue illustrates our pride in Maine’s heritage industries – agriculture, fishing and forestry. From blueberries and potatoes to lumber and pulp, to lobster and aquaculture, the success and sustainability that these natural resource based industries have enjoyed across Maine. , and far beyond, were amplified by innovation – what our ancestors called “Yankee ingenuity.”
The articles in the second edition of OneVoice Maine highlight the historic role of innovation in the continued success of several Maine businesses rooted in agriculture, fishing and forestry that have been in business for 100 years or more. Companies featured include Oakhurst Dairy, Seven Islands Land Company, Puritan Medical Supply, Sappi North America, and SW Collins Company.
Articles provided by the University of Maine describe the inextricable link between the university’s research and development efforts and innovation in agriculture, fisheries and forestry; the ingenuity of these industries; and the historical interdependence of Maine’s economic relations with Canada. A question-and-answer article with faculty at the University of Maine explores the turning points of the past 100 years in the agriculture, fishing and forestry sectors, with a focus on innovation.
Other highlights from the magazine include the history of Maine’s potato, blueberry and fishing industries and their links to innovation and sustainability. A feature article on the business development of Rock Row in Westbrook takes a look into the future.
A message from US Senator Angus S. King, Jr., I-Maine focuses on innovation as an imperative. He wrote: “Innovation is a process, and to survive it can never stop.
In the Maine State Chamber Executives Magazine post, Chairman of the Board Clif Greim and Chief Executive Officer Dana Connors write, “Innovation is reaching every corner of our great state. The masters have certainly learned to innovate this year. Many of these innovations have provided a lifeline and will ultimately serve as the basis for future business models as our economy recovers from the impacts of the pandemic. “
OneVoice Maine was launched in October 2020 to recognize and honor the contributions Maine businesses and Maine business leaders make to the Maine economy and workforce; to their communities, individuals, families and young people; and to preserve Maine’s natural beauty, its abundant resources and more. The inaugural edition recognized the extraordinary efforts and contributions of Maine’s business community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; paid tribute to the life and legacy of the late Woodrow Cross, founder of Cross Insurance; and shared internal views on the COVID-19 pandemic from contributors such as Northern Light Health, Good Shepherd Food Bank, University of Maine and more.
For more information and to access the online magazine, please visit www.mainechamber.org/onevoice.