|USDA eyes opportunities in Maine|
Bangor Daily News - 2/11/2012.By Matt Wickenheiser – In the 1980s the farm economy collapsed in America, and farmers were faced with huge payments and no income. Dallas Tonsager was a dairy farmer in South Dakota and remembers how farmers set their minds on building industries that use the products they grew. “Lots of people will argue over ethanol, but it worked, local farmers invested in it,” Tonsager said. “It created jobs, economic activity, a market for their product – everybody benefited.” Today Tonsager is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s under secretary for rural development.
|Forcing branches of flowering trees and shrubs|
Bangor Daily News - 2/11/2012.By Reeser Manley – By early March, gardeners are aching to be in the garden. Why not get a head start on pruning garden trees and shrubs and, at the same time, bring a touch of early spring into the house? Branches of many woody plants can be forced into early flower in late winter, providing a glimpse of the season ahead.
|Lexicon of sustainability: salmon-safe|
Grist - 2/10/2012.By Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton – Any discussion about the sustainability of salmon is no longer limited to analyzing the numbers of fish pulled from the sea. Each winter, salmon return to rivers and creeks in the Pacific Northwest to spawn, but if these waterways are impacted by surburban spawl or pollution from agricultural runoff, their numbers are dramatically reduced.