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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Stink bug spread worries growers across nation
Bangor Daily News - 5/21/2011.
By David Dishneau – Emmitsburg, Md.: An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started. The brown marmorated stink bug, a three-quarter-inch invader native to Asia, is believed to have been brought first to the Allentown, Pa., area in 1998.
House Oks bill to scale back Maine pesticide rule
Bangor Daily News - 5/20/2011.
Augusta – The Maine House has voted to repeal the state’s pesticide registry, an online system in which residents can request advance notification of the application of pesticides. By an 81-68 vote Thursday afternoon, representatives passed an amended version of the bill. It now faces further House and Senate votes.
Diverse scope in agricultural gathering
Kennebec Journal - 5/20/2011.
By Michael Shepherd – Windsor: A local businesswoman says the Northeast Livestock Expo will provide her company a chance to pitch its wares to the public. The event, hitting the Windsor Fairgrounds today and running through Sunday afternoon, is in its fourth year bringing local farmers, businesspeople and associations together for firsthand opportunities to interact with the general public.
Climate change blamed for record Mississippi floods
Environmental News Service - 5/20/2011.
Washington, DC – Human-induced climate change is contributing to the recent heavy rain and ongoing record flooding along the Mississippi River, and we can expect more extreme weather events in the future, according to scientists and adaptation experts on a teleconference held by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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