|U.S. organic sales jump 23 percent in 2016|
Capital Press - 9/21/2017. By Carol Ryan - California continues to lead the way in organic sales and number of organic farms and acreage nationwide. Milk topped the list of organic product sales in 2016, followed by eggs and broiler chickens.
|Apple Culture: Sleuths encouraged to hunt for Maine’s lost apples|
Portland Press Herald - 9/20/2017. By Sean Turley - One of the most pleasant aspects of writing a column about apples is that readers sometimes contact you about the interesting trees on their properties. Although I have never grafted a branch onto rootstock nor laid out an orchard, I’ll gladly oblige requests to identify trees.
|Photos: Common Ground Fair from old to new|
Bangor Daily News - 9/19/2017. By Jeanne Luetjen - Every fall, upwards of 60,000 people descend on Unity for the Common Ground Country Fair in the spirit of celebrating agriculture in Maine. The fair reawakens the back-to-the-land movement in Waldo County with organic food enthusiasts, craftsman, wool spinners, sheep herding demonstrations and more.
|Ban ‘neonic’ pesticides. Our food supplies are at risk|
The Globe and Mail [Canada] - 9/19/2017. By Jean-Marc Bonmatin - The science of pesticide development and regulation is complex, so let's put things simply: Human beings rely on food to survive. Much of that food comes from insect-pollinated plants. Modern agriculture relies on pesticides to grow that food.