Jacques and I had the pleasure of meeting with John Harker on Wednesday. John has worked for the Maine Department of Agriculture for 25 years advocating on behalf of Maine’s farmers. John’s work has included developing and administering business development programs like the Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund and shaping laws and regulations that impact Maine’s agricultural industry. Jacques and I were thrilled to benefit from John’s vast perspective on one of Maine’s key industries. It’s hard to imagine anyone having more macro- and micro- knowledge about the business and regulatory challenges faced by Maine farmers. Best of all, John doesn’t only work on behalf of farmers, he is one too, cultivating cranberry plants for cranberry enthusiasts at his firm, Cranberry Creations (www.cranberrycreations.com).