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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Growing hops in Maine? Volunteers hand-pick crop in Aroostook County
Bangor Daily News - 8/31/2013.
By Julia Bayly - The next time you sip a beer from Maine-based Allagash Brewing Company and Gritty McDuff’s, or New Hampshire’s Throwback Brewery, take a moment and toast the helping hands harvesting the hops that made varieties of those brews possible.
New England expects ample apples after dismal 2012
Portland Press Herald - 8/31/2013.
By Dave Gram, The Associated Press - Weather conditions have been favorable to apple production this year, with minimal late frosts, a wet early summer and recent dry conditions. The weather contrasts with conditions a year ago when a warm late April coaxed out the apple blossoms but was followed by a killing frost in many areas.
Starks commission seeks database to connect farmers, laborers
Kennebec Journal - 8/31/2013.
By Rachel Ohm - For the last six years, Kyle Costigan has worked summers at Sweet Land Farm, where he cares for crops and helps harvest hay. He's a senior at Unity College, and he probably will leave the farm to start his career, he said. That will mean the farmer he works for will have to find new help, a task that is familiar but still not easy.
Researchers: Eating blueberries, apples reduces diabetes risk
Portland Press Herald - 8/30/2013.
By Albertina Torsoli / Bloomberg News - Geneva: If you want to reduce your chances of becoming a diabetic, you're better off munching apples or blueberries instead of sipping fruit juice, researchers found.
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