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Emerald ash borer confirmed in two more counties

March 26, 2018 – Vermont Business Magazine – The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) announced today that the emerald ash borer (EAB) has been detected in two additional Vermont counties. Samples were collected in Washington County and Caledonia County on March 16 during a survey for the insect. Samples collected from three Vermont counties have now been confirmed to be emerald ash borer by USDA taxonomists. It was first found in Orange County in February.

Meet the 2018 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship winners

March 18, 2018 – By Peggy Grodinsky, Portland Press Herald – Our annual Source Awards honor the achievements of Mainers in the field of sustainability. But recognizing and lending a helping hand to those who are just launching their careers in the field – in this case, literally – is a mission that is equally close to our hearts. It’s why, as part of our Source awards program, we work with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) to name three winners each year of the Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship, which go to a Maine high school senior, a Kennebec Valley Community College student and a participant in MOFGA’s journeyperson program, each with a sustained commitment to sustainable farming.

No need to bring this teacher an apple – he’s got a whole seed bank in Waldoboro

March 18, 2018 –  By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – Sometime around 1990, Waldoboro school teacher Neil Lash was watching the PBS program “The Victory Garden” when Kent Whealy appeared on the screen. Whealy had co-founded Seed Savers Exchange, one of the largest non-governmental seed banks in the United States and as he talked about the work they done with heirloom seeds, including some that had been brought to the United States on the Mayflower, Lash was struck by an inspiration.

USDA Launches Assault on National Organic Program

March 15, 2018 – The Free Press – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is dismayed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to abolish the federal Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP), which was published more than a year ago on January 20, 2017. USDA delayed implementation of the rule and, on Monday, ignored more than 63,000 comments from farmers and consumers who wanted swift implementation of the standards. Instead, the Administration sided with 50 commenters who opposed the rule.

Why do taxpayers subsidize rich farmers?

March 15, 2018 – By Tamar Haspel, The Washington Post – Every year, when the data on which farms get which money come out, there are headlines like this, from Bloomberg: “Taxpayers turn US farmers into fat cats with subsidies.” And, every year, there are charts showing that very large farmers – as measured by production – get very big subsidies. There’s no question there.

In the US, small organic milk producers face turmoil

March 14, 2018 – By Juliette Michel, Phys.org – With supply exceeding demand, large farms taking center stage and plant-based alternatives luring consumers away, times are hard for small organic milk producers in the United States.

Co-op Hybrid – Grass-Fed Game Changer

March 12, 2018 – By Loretta Sorenson, The Progressive Farmer – With just 20 cows, Ridge Shinn is not running your typical cattle operation. Even his base, Hardwick, Massachusetts, is more than a little off the beaten cow path. Despite this, many are beginning to consider Shinn a force in New England's beef industry. He believes he has identified a way to consistently produce high-quality grass-fed beef. It's a pattern, a recipe of sorts, that all producers in his collective group will follow. The goal is a steady supply of desirable, tender and tasty grass-fed beef for a growing market.

Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy: An Investigative Reporter Talks Glyphosate

By Tracy Frisch - In the following interview, for Acres U.S.A., Tracy Frisch interviews Carey Gillam about her first book: Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science. Gillam, a “Kansas-based journalist turned glyphosate geek” has been a reporter for over 25 years, 17 of which were spent with Reuters covering, among other topics, economic policy, corporate earnings and commodities trading. In that time, Gillam’s reporting specialized on corporate agribusiness and the agrichemical industry. The public health deceptions she’s since uncovered are numerous. Two years ago she became Research Director with U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit consumer group that “pursues truth and transparency in America’s food industry.”

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