|Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule|
MOFGA Announcements - 4/8/2015. Unity, ME, April 8, 2015 - Organic stakeholders have filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for allowed synthetic and prohibited natural substances used in producing organic food. A coalition of 15 organic food producers and farmer, consumer, environmental, and certification groups asked the court to require USDA to reconsider its decision on the rule change and reinstitute the agency's customary public hearing and comment process.
|Glyphosate Is Spreading Like a Cancer Across the U.S.|
Environmental Working Group - 4/7/2015. By Mary Ellen Kustin - American growers sprayed 280 million pounds of glyphosate on their crops in 2012, according to U.S. Geological Survey data. That amounts to nearly a pound of glyphosate for every person in the country.
|Rural Mainers support bill to bring broadband to unserved areas|
Bangor Daily News - 4/7/2015. By Jen Lynds - More than two dozen rural farmers, residents and business owners who struggle to maintain their businesses and ship their goods because of slow, spotty or at times nonexistent Internet service spoke last week in support of legislation that might help them improve coverage.