|Maine Farmers Closely Eyeing Proposed Honeybee Protection Rule|
Maine Public Broadcasting - 5/28/2015. By Jennifer Mitchell - As part of a years-long federal effort to address a die-off of honeybees, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule to crack down on the use of pesticides whenever working bees are present on a farm.
|Natural fertilizer possible from bacteria in poplar leaves?|
GM Watch - 5/27/2015. By Claire Robinson - An article in the journal Science reports new research showing that bacteria living in the leaves of poplar trees fix nitrogen from the air, providing the tree with a natural form of nitrogen fertilizer to support rapid growth. What’s more, the research has found that a number of crops grow better when doused with a broth containing the bacteria from poplars, including rye, turf grass, maize, cottonwood, tomato, and rice.
|Obama administration rule to help protect drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans|
Environment America - 5/27/2015. By Elizabeth Ouzts - Washington, DC –Over half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans, will regain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years.