|Farms and Antibiotics|
The New York Times - 7/23/2009.Editorial – The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that 70 percent of the antibiotics used in this country are fed to farm animals. These animals do not receive these drugs the way humans do – as discrete short-term doses. Agricultural antibiotics are a regular feed supplement intended to increase growth and lessen the chance of infection in crowded, industrial farms.
|Madison farm avoids blight hitting tomatoes|
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2009.By Scott Monroe – Backyard Farms, the tomato-growing business, says it has avoided a contagious plant fungus that has been destroying tomato plants throughout the Northeast in greater numbers than usual because cool, wet weather the last month and a half have supercharged rates of infection. ... Backyard Farms hasn't been affected by the fungal outbreak because its tomatoes are grown within the climate-controlled setting of a greenhouse.
|Bring your waders to Open Farm Day|
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2009.By Mechele Cooper – Farmers participating in Open Farm Day on Sunday said visitors should wear hip boots. Their pastures and gardens are a little soggy with all the rain this past month. "So far, we're holding up pretty well," said Denis Thoet of Long Meadow Farm in West Gardiner. "It's a little bit muddy, so we're asking people to wear appropriate footwear like hip boots. "We'll be doing some traditional music and mini tours of the farm and talk about what we're doing here."