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Joy Trueworthy and Brittany Hopkins of Wise Acres Farm in Kenduskeag.

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Meet Brittany Hopkins (right) and Joy Trueworthy of Wise Acres Farm in Kenduskeag. This MOFGA certified organic farm grows vegetables, herbs, berries and melons to sell at the Ellsworth Farmers' Market on Saturdays, the Bangor Farmers' Market on Sundays, and at an on-farm stand. "We are proud to have MOFGA independently verify our organic practices," say the farmers. Learn more at www.wiseacresfarm.net and at www.facebook.com/wiseacresfarm.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Pesticides Make a Comeback
Wall Street Journal - 5/21/2013.
Many corn farmers go back to using chemicals as Mother Nature outwits genetically modified seeds (Subscription required)
Amendment to Maine GMO Labeling Bill Fails to Win Support
Maine Public Broadcasting - 5/21/2013.
By Patty B. Wight - Proponents of a bill to require labeling for genetically modified foods are expressing relief that a last-minute maneuver by representatives of the infant formula industry to exempt their products failed to win support. The bill has yet to be considered by the full Legislature and members of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee are divided about its merits. But as Patty Wight reports, Maine is not the first state where infant formula manufacturers have tried this strategy.
For Climate Solution, Look to the Ground
Common Dreams - 5/21/2013.
By Judith Schwartz - Late last week the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere crossed the 400 parts per million (ppm) threshold. From a climate standpoint this is alarming, and points to the urgency of shifting away from fossil fuels. However, I also feel that our sole emphasis on CO2 blinds us to other means of addressing climate change—notably by returning carbon to where it belongs, in the soil.
Vilsack Promises to Grow U.S. Organic Industry
Food Safety News - 5/20/2013.
At its recent policy conference in Washington, D.C., the Organic Trade Association (OTA) heard from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the future of organic farming. Vilsack told OTA members that he views organic as “its own separate commodity,” and he is committed to treating it that way.
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