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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
Norway Devotes Big Bucks To Crop Diversity
Environmental News Network - 9/27/2013.
By Sophie Wenzlau, Worldwatch Institute - Earlier this week, the government of Norway pledged US$23.7 million to conserve and sustainably manage some of the world's most important food crops, citing the critical need for crop diversity at a time when populations are soaring and climate change is threatening staples like rice and maize.
USDA Refuses to Investigate Illegal GMO Contamination
Center for Food Safety - 9/27/2013.
Center for Food Safety (CFS) today filed a formal legal petition demanding action from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on behalf of Washington State farmers and CFS members, Joseph and Michelle Peila, whose conventional alfalfa crop was rejected for export after it tested positive for contamination by the Monsanto Company’s genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. The petition demands that the agency open an investigation and take regulatory action. The events illustrate the flawed assumptions of USDA’s recently announced policy toward GE contamination, “co-existence,” which CFS has repeatedly characterized as an ill-advised sanctioning of transgenic contamination.
‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Killed In Senate: Controversial Provision Removed From Spending Bill
International Business Times - 9/27/2013.
By Connor Adams Sheets - The so-called “Monsanto Protection Act” has been removed from a Senate spending bill to the delight of those opposed to the controversial provision.
USDA Report Shows Prairie Loss Across Country
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 9/27/2013.
A new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency (FSA) shows that grasslands, woodlands, and other non-cropland are being rapidly converted to cropland across the country. In just one year (2011-2012), nearly 400,000 acres were “broken out” for crop production.
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August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

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