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Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.


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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
State shuts down more scallop fishing areas
Bangor Daily News - 2/23/2013.
By Bill Trotter - In the latest round of closures in Maine’s scallop fishery this winter, state officials have decided to shut down three more areas to scallop harvesting. The areas being closed to scallop fishing include a portion in outer Penobscot Bay immediately west of St. George, Union River and Union River Bay, and the western extremities of Cobscook Bay.
The table is set for Maine Restaurant Week
Portland Press Herald - 2/23/2013.
By Meredith Goad - On March 1, Lisa Kostopoulos of The Good Table restaurant in Cape Elizabeth will defend her title as reigning champion of the Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off, which will launch this year's Maine Restaurant Week.
USDA says crops will do better but food prices will do worse
Grist - 2/22/2013.
By Susie Cagle - USDA chief economist Joe Glauber was all sunshine this Thursday in announcing that normal spring weather is expected to improve corn and soybean yields by huge percentages over last year’s tiny drought-stricken crops. Bigger yields mean tinier prices - Glauber said corn would be down about a third from last year, soy would drop more than a quarter, and wheat would be down about 11 percent.
Honey, It's Electric: Bees Sense Charge On Flowers
National Public Radio - 2/22/2013.
By Adam Cole - Flowers willl do anything to attract the attention of the pollinators that help them reproduce. That means spending precious energy on bright pigments, enticing fragrances and dazzling patterns. Now, scientists have found another element that contributes to flowers' brand: their distinct electric field.
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