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Maine farm dedicated to preserving endangered breeds

April 30, 2019 – By Steve Minich, WMTW – The Beau Chemin Preservation Farm in Waldoboro is home to some of the rarest breeds of animals on earth, and for two decades, the farm has been dedicated to the endangered animals are around for future generations.

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The Climate-Friendly Vegetable You Ought to Eat

April 30, 2019 – By Melissa Clark, The New York Times – Kelp is delicious and versatile, and farming it is actively good for the ocean. Melissa Clark wants you to just try a bite.

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Maine first in nation to ban foam food containers

April 30, 2019 – Penobscot Bay Pilot – Maine has become the first state in the nation to ban disposable foam food containers under a bill signed into law today by Governor Janet Mills. The new law seeks to curb harmful foam pollution that threatens health of people, wildlife, and the environment.

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USDA Amends National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

April 30, 2019 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today published a final rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances based on public input and the November 2017 National Organic Standards Board recommendations for livestock and handling. This final rule allows elemental sulfur to be used in organic livestock production as a topical treatment to repel mites, fleas and ticks from livestock and their living spaces and reclassifies potassium acid tartrate from a nonagricultural substance to an agricultural substance, requiring handlers to use the organic form when it is commercially available. Potassium acid tartrate is currently listed as a nonorganic ingredient allowed in organic products. This final rule is effective May 30, 2019.

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Bees Are In Trouble. Here's How You Can Help

April 29, 2019 – By Barbara Moran, WBUR – Honeybees are dying. Filmmaker Peter Nelson’s new documentary, "The Pollinators," which had its East Coast premiere at the 2019 Boston Independent Film Festival, explores the plight of both honeybees and commercial beekeepers.

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Ag census reveals Northeast kiwiberry production

April 29, 2019 – By Will Hastings, N.H. Agricultural Experiment Station – For the first time since the USDA began keeping statistics in 1840, farmers from several Northeast states, including New Hampshire, are reporting kiwifruit production operations. The news comes six years after the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire launched a kiwiberry research and breeding program at the experiment station’s Woodman Horticultural Research Farm in Durham.

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