Farmer veteran group gets First donation

DAMARISCOTTA — First National Bank has donated $25,000 to support United Farmer Veterans of Maine.

“First National Bank is not only committed to helping our state’s veteran community, but we are also passionate about ending food insecurity in Maine,” said Tony McKim, president and CEO of the bank.

“Support for UFVME not only helps veterans find a new purpose and mission in life but also contributes to the local food movement in our state, which, in turn, works to help end hunger.”

McKim will join the organization’s board as a community director. UFVME and the bank will work together to meet the financial needs of UFVME members.

“We look forward to advancing and developing new agribusinesses across Maine with the strong financial council of the First National Team,” said Jerry Ireland, CEO of UFVM. “We are impressed with First National’s commitment to healthy food, food security and the importance of building strong communities across all of Maine. 2018 looks to be a great year for Maine’s farmer veterans as we expand opportunities and resources.”

United Farmer Veterans of Maine is nonprofit organization of veterans and nonveterans dedicated to advancing veteran-owned agribusinesses in Maine as well as introducing farming opportunities, housing and job training to transitioning veterans through its Cottage Project programs. They recently hosted the USDA funded New England Armed to Farm conference in Bangor offering training and farm visits to interested new prospective farming families. UFVM is statewide incorporating seven districts with members and district leaders.

First National Bank is an independent community bank with 16 offices in Lincoln, Knox, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot Counties. First Advisors, a division of First National Bank, provides investment advisory, private banking and trust services from five offices in Lincoln, Knox, Penobscot and Hancock Counties. Call 1-800-564-3195 or visit


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