A Mapleton farm family is the 2016 Aroostook Entrepreneur of the Year.


The Buck family, Jacob, Joshua, Jared, Bruce, Brent and Barry Buck of Maine Malt House, were honored at an awards banquet at Northern Maine Community College Thursday evening as Aroostook Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2016.

The long-time LEADers Encouraging Aroostook Development competition is now sponsored by the Aroostook Partnership, which was formed in November of 2015, by combining LEAD and Aroostook Partnership for Progress.

A panel of judges, representing Husson University, Northern Maine Community College, University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine at Presque Isle and last year’s winner Josh McLaughlin, reviewed the nominees earlier this month, but the second and first runners up and winner were a closely guarded secret until the award ceremony.

“The selection committee was very impressed with the level of ingenuity, creativity and entrepreneurial foresight shown by this year's nominees,” said Scott Voisine of UMFK. “While there were many great applicants, the finalists quickly rose to the top of the list during scoring and deliberation and the committee quickly came to a consensus on the winners.  It is exciting to see entrepreneurialism is alive and well in The County.”


According to the Maine Malt House web site, “At the Maine Malt House, we want to be more than a source for local ingredients, we want to be a part of the craft brewery and distillery family in Maine and fill the missing link between the farm and the breweries/distilleries. Our mission is to provide our customers with consistent products and excite custom orders of malts and/or grains.”

The Bucks received a $1,000 prize and a plaque recognizing the achievement.

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