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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
As the scallop fishery rebounds, divers hope for a break
Portland Press Herald - 1/25/2015.
By Mary Pols - Some argue that diving is the most sustainable way of fishing for scallops and that the state should recognize that in its rule-making.
Portland mayor wants cafeterias to serve more local fish, boost demand for commercial fishing
Bangor Daily News - 1/25/2015.
By Set Koenig - Portland Mayor Michael Brennan wants students, hospital patients and jail inmates to eat more fish – particularly, locally caught fish.
Regulations have done little to boost cod in Gulf of Maine: Lobster management offers clear direction
Bangor Daily News - 1/24/2015.
Editorial - Today, the groundfishing industry faces an uncertain future of depleted stocks, consolidation of the fleet, restrictive regulation and questions about whether species that long sustained some New England fishing communities will ever rebound.
Battle in Iowa about who is to blame for water pollution could affect farmers nationwide
Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues - 1/23/2015.
An impending lawsuit in Iowa about who is to blame for water pollution could have a major impact on farmers throughout the country, Donnelle Eller reports for The Des Moines Register. "The federal government now considers water from farmlands as surface runoff and exempts it from oversight." But Des Moines Water Works, which says three northwest counties are to blame for polluting central Iowa's water supply, "contends the underground tiling widely used by farmers bypasses the natural filtering soil provides, acting as 'a continuous mechanism for transporting nitrates to streams.'"
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February 16-17 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop

February 24 - Pesticide Applicator Training and Exam Workshop

February 25 - An Introduction to Unity Food Hub

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