|Old labor laws run up against new farming approaches|
Portland Press Herald - 2/28/2016. By Mary Pols - Saco farmer Rick Grant does not want to run afoul of any labor laws. He’s a straight up kind of guy and pays more than minimum wage to his field workers. But as the laws relate to family-owned farms his size – 125 acres under cultivation, so good-sized but far from Big Ag – some aspects of the Fair Labor and Standards Act are confusing. Or worse.
|Alicyn Smart’s sowing the seeds of growth at the Maine Farm Bureau|
Portland Press Herald - 2/28/2016. By Mary Pols - Alicyn Smart joined the Maine Farm Bureau as its executive director about six months ago, during which time she’s overseen a redesign of the organization’s website, roamed the state to attend annual meetings at the bureau’s county offices and tried to learn a lot of names. Oh, and she got married. Curious about Smart’s background – she’s 27, a Unity College graduate and has a doctorate in plant medicine from the University of Florida – we called her up and asked about her plans to bring new energy to the Maine Farm Bureau and what she loves(!) about plant diseases.
|Monarch butterflies rebounding but population still well off highs|
Reuters - 2/27/2016. By Jon Herskovitz - North America's monarch butterflies are on a rebound and the number of the plucky orange and black creatures, which gather in Mexico before flying north to Canada, could soon stand at around 150 million, a new survey showed on Friday.