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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
Inmates reaping what they sow
Kennebec Journal - 7/5/2011.
By Craig Crosby – Randall Liberty still remembers the note he sent nearly 20 years ago to Kennebec County Sheriff Frank Hackett. Liberty, at that point a deputy just a few years on the job, simply asked Hackett why the county did not have a garden. Liberty is now Kennebec County's sheriff and believes more than ever that having jail inmates grow vegetables can play an important role in helping feed the hungry and giving inmates a sense of purpose.
Congress moves to cut screening for food E. coli
Portland Press Herald - 7/4/2011.
By Monica Eng – Congress is moving to eliminate the only national program that regularly screens U.S. fruits and vegetables for the type of E. coli that recently caused a deadly outbreak in Germany. The House last month approved a bill that would end funding for the 10-year-old Microbiological Data Program, which annually tests about 15,000 samples of vulnerable produce.
Efforts to bring back the great American chestnut raise hopes
Maine Sunday Telegram - 7/3/2011.
By Tom Atwell – The American chestnut once dominated the forests of the eastern United States. The trees would live for more than 100 years and grow about 200 feet high. It's also the tree wiped out by a blight that arrived in America from China in 1903.
Potato growers who suffered crop losses get federal assistance
Bangor Daily News - 7/2/2011.
By Jen Lynds – Presque Isle: Potato growers who saw their crops damaged or destroyed when three tornadoes whipped through Aroostook County early last month will receive support from the federal government. The Farm Services Agency at USDA has approved a $400,000 grant through its Emergency Conservation Program to help farmers who suffered crop damage during recent storms.
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