|County-level map shows decline of bees in major ag areas; 39% of croplands rely on pollinators|
Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues - 12/23/2015. Researchers at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics have created a county-level map showing that bees are "disappearing in many of the country’s most important farmlands – including California’s Central Valley, the Midwest’s Corn Belt and the Mississippi River Valley," Joshua Brown reports for the university.
|Whistleblower Speaks Out Against USDA, Corruption and Systemic Pesticides|
Truthout - 12/22/2015. By Maryam Henein, HoneyColony - Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, a respected expert on the risk assessment of pesticides and genetically modified crops, worked for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research (ARS) for more than a decade. But when his findings on the ill effects of systemic pesticides and RNAi on pollinators began to gain traction and visibility, the harassment and punishments did as well.
|How the EPA’s Clean Water Rule helps Maine and Maine farmers|
Bangor Daily News - 12/22/2015. Op-Ed by Wayne and Jo Ann Myers - Farm families depend on clean water. In Maine, we are lucky to have this resource in abundance, but we cannot take it for granted. Maine farmers value clean water. That’s why we join the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule.