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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
How Much Pesticide Residue on Your Produce? FDA Doesn't Know
Common Dreams - 11/7/2014.
By Andrea Germanos - The Food and Drug Administration is carrying out little testing for pesticide residues on fruit and vegetables, a new report by a federal watchdog reveals. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (pdf) found that in 2012, the FDA tested less than one-tenth of 1 percent of imported shipments.
Pesticide levels on food unknown due to poor government testing
The Washington Post - 11/7/2014.
By Kimberly Kindy - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not perform enough pesticide residue tests — on either imported or domestic foods – to say whether the American food supply is safe, according to federal auditors.
U.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans.
The New York Times - 11/7/2014.
By Andrew Pollack - A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient [acrylamide] in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday.
Programs available to help veterans in farming
Bangor Daily News - 11/7/2014.
Farm Credit East honors veterans who have served in the U.S. military. As veterans come home from service, many are returning to rural communities and some even pursuing careers in agriculture, either starting new farm ventures or joining existing operations. These veteran farmers are an important part of the future of agriculture in the Northeast.
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