|The Buzz About Buying Local|
The Maine Food Strategy - 3/15/2014. In 2013, there were 860 licensed beekeepers and 9,657 registered hives [in Maine], according to Maine’s State Apiarist Tony Jadczak with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. A decade ago Maine issued 318 licenses and had 5,231 registered hives. Since not all hives are registered, we know the number is much higher.
|Wall Street Investors Take Aim at Farmland|
Mother Jones - 3/14/2014. By Tom Philpott - In a couple of posts last fall, I showed that corporations don't do much actual farming in the United States. True, agrichemical companies like Monsanto and Syngenta mint fortunes by selling seeds and chemicals to farmers, and grain processors like Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill reap billions from buying crops cheap and turning them into pricey stuff like livestock feed, sweetener, cooking oil, and ethanol. But the great bulk of US farms – enterprises that generally have razor-thin profit margins – are run by independent operators.