|Feds make crop insurance more relevant for Maine fruit and veggie growers|
Bangor Daily News - 5/26/2014. By Christopher Burns - In a move that will likely help Maine farmers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will offer new crop insurance options to cover fruit and vegetables. The program will extend to smaller farms crop insurance coverage that traditionally benefited only growers of commodity crops. The whole-farm policy will give farmers the opportunity to get coverage for all crops, rather than on a commodity-by-commodity basis, which will provides flexibility for farms with a diverse stock.
|How Maine can sustain coastal communities in the face of climate change|
Bangor Daily News - 5/26/2014. OpEd by Nick Battista - The National Climate Assessment released recently highlights the impacts of climate change across the country, including on our coastal communities. Maine fishermen are already seeing the effect of warming waters and shifting species. Between climate change and the current trends in the health of the lobster fishery, there is little doubt that the economic base of our coastal communities will change in the years ahead.
|Gardiner couple faces first hurdle – finding land to farm|
Portland Press Herald - 5/25/2014. By Mary Pols - On moving day, Michael Dennett and Ryan Fahey had a fairly typical late 20-something, early 30-something collection of belongings to transport: secondhand furniture, a carton of flip flops and a pair of rescue dogs. Much less typical, the couple was traveling with livestock: 12 pigs (three of them pregnant), 17 sheep and 140 chickens.
|Fifty-two countries join 'March against Monsanto'|
The Ecologist - 5/25/2014. Yesterday's March Against Monsanto took place in over 400 cities worldwide. As many as a million people are estimated to have joined in the march and other anti-Monsanto protests taking place over 52 countries and 47 US states.