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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Drought spreads its pain across 14 states
The New York Times - 7/12/2011.
By Kim Severson and Kirk Johnson – Colquitt, Georgia: The heat and the drought are so bad in this southwest corner of Georgia that hogs can barely eat. Corn, a lucrative crop with a notorious thirst, is burning up in fields. Cotton plants are too weak to punch through soil so dry it might as well be pavement.
Pesticide pathways into the atmosphere
Science Daily - 7/12/2011.
When soil moisture levels increase, pesticide losses to the atmosphere through volatilization also rise. In one long-term field study, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists found that herbicide volatilization consistently resulted in herbicide losses that exceed losses from field runoff.
Cows Have Best Friends and Suffer When Separated
Treehugger - 7/12/2011.
By Sami Grover - From a glimpse inside a lower-stress humane slaughterhouse to an alternative approach to dairy farming, we've seen plenty of ways that those working in the meat and dairy industries can try and alleviate stress for the animals they are responsible for.
Front yard vegetable gardens: different is good
Treehugger - 7/12/2011.
By Colleen Vanderlinden – Since I wrote about the Michigan woman who is facing 93 days in jail for planting a vegetable garden last Friday, the story has just exploded. TIME, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Geek Mom, CRAFT, Grist, and Daily Kos - along with plenty of other blogs - have covered the story. It never fails that someone in the comment section defends the city of Oak Park's actions by saying "why should the neighbors have to look at that?"
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July 30 - Waldo Organic Growers potluck and program

July 31 - Fall Planting in a High Tunnel

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

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