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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
Weeds that like a sip of Roundup now and then
The Contrary Farmer - 9/5/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – First the glorious days of advanced farming brought us corn stalks that eat tractor tires. Now there’s a weed that likes to drink weed killers, especially Roundup. Recently Palmer amaranth “completely overran” most of the soybean test plots at Bayer CropScience’s test plots in Illinois, in the words of DTN/Progressive Farmer editor, Pam Smith, despite having an arsenal of herbicides thrown at it.
Maine’s top veterinarian retires, praises farmers
Bangor Daily News - 9/4/2012.
By Bonnie Washuk, Sun Journal – Augusta: Since he became Maine’s top veterinarian, Don Hoenig has worked to keep cows healthy, decided whether circus elephants could come to Maine and warned that too few dog owners ensure their dogs had rabies vaccines.
Somerset Grist Mill, Maine Grains open Saturday
Portland Press Herald - 9/4/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – After three years of preparation and hard work, the Somerset Grist Mill in Skowhegan hosts a grand opening celebration this Saturday, Sept. 8. The party starts at 10 a.m. with tours of the 5,000 square foot building. There will be a few remarks at 11 a.m. and the event will continue until 1 p.m., when the Skowhegan Farmers Market, which takes place in the parking lot, closes up shop.
Farm use of antibiotics defies scrutiny
The New York Times - 9/4/2012.
By Sabrina Tavernise – Eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States goes to chicken, pigs, cows and other animals that people eat, yet producers of meat and poultry are not required to report how they use the drugs – which ones, on what types of animal, and in what quantities. This dearth of information makes it difficult to document the precise relationship between routine antibiotic use in animals and antibiotic-resistant infections in people, scientists say.
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