|Maine foresters, farmers express support for merger plan|
Maine Public Broadcasting - 6/22/2012. By A.J. Higgins – Most farmers in Maine are also foresters. And while not all foresters are farmers, the two sides affected by the merger of the state Departments of Agriculture and Conservation were largely supportive of the plan during the first of several listening sessions at the University of Maine.
|Farm Bill provisions could help Maine’s small family farms|
Maine Public Broadcasting - 6/22/2012. By Jay Field – The farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday includes some provisions that could help small family farms in Maine. Growth of these smaller scale operations has pushed the overall number of farms in the state to more than 8,000. One key part of the nearly $500 billion bill would allow diversified growers, and not just soybean and other commodity farmers, to get insurance for their crops.
|Land grabs: a global epidemic|
New Economics Foundation - 6/21/2012. By Fred Pearce – I have spent the past two years investigating the global epidemic of land grabs for a book. Saudi sheikhs, private equity whizz-kids, Indian entrepreneurs and Chinese billionaires all believe, with financier George Soros, that "farmland is going to be one of the best investments of our time."
|Egg Farmers of America lobby scrambles to defeat henhouse legislation|
Bangor Daily News - 6/21/2012. By Dan Eggen – Washington: Last summer, the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States agreed on legislation that would set national standards for the treatment of laying hens. The development did not sit well with Amon Baer, an egg farmer and pork producer in Minnesota who says he decided to set up his own Washington lobbying group in response.