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Calling all Maine Farmers

We need your knowledge and ideas to shape the future of agriculture in Maine!

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How can state government and other service and education providers better support YOU?

Please help us develop an assessment of farmer needs and priorities to inform program development, state government, and service and education providers supporting farmers and Maine's agricultural economy. Attend an upcoming work session to share your thoughts about what you need to strengthen your farm business and grow Maine agriculture.
WHEN and WHERE: At the following Cooperative Extension Offices:

    FALMOUTH, Dec 11, 3 - 5 pm, 75 Clearwater Dr
    SKOWHEGAN, Dec 13, 10 am - 12 pm, 7 County Dr
    PRESQUE ISLE, Jan 8, 10 am - 12 pm (Snow Date Jan 15, 10 am - 12 pm), 57 Houlton Rd
    WALDOBORO, Jan 10, 10 am - 12 pm (Snow Date Jan 30, 10 am - 12 pm), 377 Manktown Rd

*RSVPs are appreciated! maineagneeds@gmail.com*

Vanishing Nutrients

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December 10, 2018 – By Elena Suglia, Scientific American – Is it possible to starve yourself of nutrients while simultaneously gaining weight? It turns out the answer is yes. According to a growing body of research, rising carbon dioxide levels are making our food less nutritious, robbing key crops of vitamins essential to human development.

Leveraging Conservation Dollars: Agricultural Practices that Deliver Water Quality, Wildlife Habitat, and Soil Health

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2018 – By Duane Hovorka, Izaak Walton League of America – The report assesses five conservation strategies that reduce polluted runoff, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, improve soil health, and address climate change. The five conservation systems are no till, buffer strips, cover crops, integrated pest management, and managed rotational grazing. Alone and especially in combination, they can address some of the most intractable natural resource problems facing America today.

Congress Will Likely Legalize Hemp in the Farm Bill. It Should Also Heal the USDA’s History of Discrimination.

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December 7, 2018 – By Jillian Hishaw, Civil Eats – After more than 80 years, hemp is about to be legalized under the new farm bill, a shift that may offer farmers of color a unique chance to right historical, discriminatory injustices. But as a lawyer who works with farmers of color, the need for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure fair programming is at times missed. With the history of discrimination against farmers of color in mind, Congress needs to include protections that prevent continued discrimination as it finalizes the farm bill and establishes the regulations governing the new field of industrial hemp and cannabis.

 

Senate Passes Bipartisan King-Backed Bill to Promote High-Speed Internet for Farmers

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December 7, 2018 – Office of Sen. Angus King –  Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) applauded last night’s Senate passage of the “Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018,” a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Senator King that promotes precision agriculture and rural broadband deployment. The legislation, which Senator King cosponsored in May, would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a task force to identify gaps in high-speed internet connectivity for the nation’s agricultural land. The measure also instructs the agency to develop ways to help encourage broadband adoption and precision agriculture and to promote broadband deployment in areas where it is currently unavailable.

True North Farms provides fresh produce for Mainers in need

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December 1, 2018 – The Republican Journal – Thanks to the hard work of farmers across Maine, including Richard and Sarah Lincoln Harrison, owners of True North Farms in Montville, thousands Mainers who struggle to make ends meet will have fresh vegetables on their tables this holiday season.

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