|UMF hosts annual Fiddlehead Festival|
Sun Journal - 4/21/2015. The return of spring signals fishermen and foragers to head out in pursuit of brook trout and fiddleheads. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, the fourth annual Maine Fiddlehead Festival will celebrate those local food traditions.
|Increased payments for organic farmers announced|
The Irish Times - 4/21/2015. By Alison Healy - A new organic farming scheme will offer increased payments to encourage more farmers to enter the sector, Tom Hayes, the Minister of State with responsibility for organic farming has announced. “The new support rate puts many grass-based Irish producers on a similar support rate with our EU counterparts,” she said, adding that it would help to grow the sector. But she said Ireland had a long way to go to develop organic farming. “In Ireland 1.3 per cent of land is certified organic, well below the EU average of 5 per cent,” she said.
|Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income|
The Des Moines Register - 4/18/2015. By Christopher Doering - When Justin Dammann enters his southwestern Iowa cornfield this month, the 35-year-old farmer will sow something these 2,400 acres have not seen in more than a decade – plants grown without genetically modified seeds.