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Rani and Jack Howe

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Rani and Jack Howe of Skyscraper Hill Farm in Brooks. This MOFGA certified organic farm raises Christmas trees, sold from the farm and through the Marsh River Co-op and the Belfast Co-op. Rani also cultivates beautiful herb gardens, which will be on the Belfast Garden Club Tour next summer. You can contact the Howes at jack.howe@gmail.com.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Innovative program would establish funding for rural areas
Kennebec Journal - 1/9/2010.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: Strong, Rockport and the Unity region will participate in a pilot program encouraging residents to pledge 5 percent of their estates to local community development funds. Maine Rural Partners, the state's federally recognized rural development council, launched the new effort Friday in a State House Cabinet Room ceremony.
Gates Foundation throws its lot with agribusiness
Grist - 1/8/2010.
By Tom Philpott – The Gates Foundation has emerged as a kind of de facto USDA for Africa: a deep-pocketed funder with a focus on agriculture, in a continent that has seen ag-research funding plunge over the past several decades. For a while, the Gates Foundation sought to avoid a reputation as a cheerleader for biotech “solutions” to Africa’s agriculture troubles. Then Bill Gates himself gave his blunt pro-biotech speech in October 2009 at the awards ceremony of the industrial-ag-friendly World Food Prize. And now the Gates Foundation has finally named a new director of agricultural development: long-time biotech exec and investor Sam Dryden.
Conservation indeed
Kennebec Journal - 1/8/2010.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: Groups representing lobstermen, farmers and sportsmen ripped apart the governor's proposal to consolidate some natural resource functions Thursday, saying it wouldn't save money and would hurt their industries.
Groups wary of merging state departments
Bangor Daily News - 1/8/2010.
By Kevin Miller – Augusta: Groups representing farmers, sportsmen, commercial fishermen and loggers criticized a Baldacci administration proposal to study once again ways to improve collaboration among Maine’s natural resources agencies, dismissing it as a backdoor attempt to merge the departments.
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