|Late blight affects some County potato farmers amid rainy weather|
Bangor Daily News - 8/12/2011.By Jen Lynds – Presque Isle: The rainy spring and summer have put a damper on the Aroostook County potato growing season, but the head of the Maine Potato Board said Wednesday that the industry remains optimistic about this year’s crop. Don Flannery, executive director of the board, said that one consequence of the rainy weather has been the discovery of late blight in central Aroostook.
|Roundup herbicide research shows plant, soil problems|
Reuters - 8/12/2011.
Repeated use of the chemical glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup herbicide, impacts the root structure of plants, and 15 years of research indicates that the chemical could be causing fungal root disease, said Bob Kremer, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.
|Tractors: no license necessary|
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2011.Craig Crosby – The federal government announced Wednesday it is scrapping plans to require farmers to get commercial drivers licenses to operate their tractors. The decision came after thousands of angry farmers and farm organizations blasted the measure as unnecessary meddling.
|Food safety program cuts mindless, shortsighted|
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2011.Editorial – For the last month we have heard more than we needed to know about the nation's debt, and our government's inability to bring spending under control. After all the talk, however, it's important to remember that we need government to do things that the private sector cannot or will not do on its own, and we have to pay for it.