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Being largely self-employed and self-sufficient, diversified farmers as a whole may be faring better than average in this harsh economic climate. But numbers don’t lie – it’s tough out there for many Americans, and Maine is no exception. According to the most recent data available from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the number of Mainers enrolled in the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, has risen nearly 19.7 percent in the last year to almost 212,000

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