|Dairy farmers urge state to keep program|
Kennebec Journal - 2/19/2009.By Susan M. Cover – AUGUSTA – Albion dairy farmer Henry Perkins told lawmakers Wednesday that farmers need the state to continue a stabilization program to help the industry. "On the organic side, we have taken a tremendous beating in the last 15 months," he said. "I don't think there is anybody making a profit. All I can do is grit my teeth and wait for something to happen."
|Portland rescinds chicken ban – but it’s hens only, no roosters|
Portland Press Herald - 2/19/2009.By Tom Bell – PORTLAND — The City Council is giving residents of Maine's largest city the right to raise chickens. The council voted 7-1 Wednesday to remove its long-standing ban on chickens and allow people to keep up to six hens within city limits. Roosters, though, would not be allowed.
|First Lady At Agriculture Department|
The New York Times - 2/19/2009.The first lady, Michelle Obama, continued her rounds of government agency visits today to say thank you to the employees and to get to know the District of Columbia better. This time, Mrs. Obama brought a gift.
Before cheering throng of Agriculture Department employees, including 18 long-time employees who were singled out for their service, Mrs. Obama presented a seedling from the Jackson magnolia, which has been growing on the west side of the south portico of the White House for 180 years.
|Several Maine chefs among Beard nominees|
Portland Press Herald - 2/18/2009.Dispatches by Meredith Goad – Some of Maine's best chefs and restaurants have been named semi-finalists for the James Beard Awards, the foodie version of the Oscars.