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LAMP Promises to Brighten Future for Family Farmers

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August 31, 2018 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – With the 2018 Farm Bill moving into conference and the first conference committee meeting now set for September 5, both the House and Senate will have many difficult decisions before them. One decision that should be easy to make is the decision to support our nation’s farmers markets and local and regional food economies. In the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill, we have an opportunity build upon these successes by making sure the final bill includes the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP).

Please Tell Congress We Need A Better Food And Farm Future

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August 31, 2018

Farm Bill Action Alert – Congressional Conference Committee Will Start Negotiating Farm Bill After Labor Day

Congress is working on the 2018 Farm Bill and making policy decisions that will affect our entire food and farm system, and, of course, our ecological systems, for years to come. Both the House and the Senate have passed their own versions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Now a conference committee is working to negotiate one combined bill. The choice is stark: a farm bill that supports family farmers, organic and sustainable agriculture, and a more equitable future, or one that harms farmers, and strips away investments from conservation, local food systems, and food assistance.

Solarization and Tarping for Weed Management on Organic Vegetable Farms in the Northeast USA

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August 28, 2018 – By Sonja K. Birthisel, Eric R. Gallandt and Ana Eliza Souza Cunha, University of Maine, eOrganic – Mulching prepared beds with plastic for several weeks prior to planting can decrease weed pressure in the subsequent crop. This has been demonstrated for a variety of crops with both clear plastic (solarization) and black plastic (tarping, also known as occultation). Solarization and tarping are of greatest utility in high-value horticultural crops that would otherwise require extensive hand weeding. With either practice, the plastic may be removed prior to planting, allowing for reuse, or left in place and holes cut through it to allow for transplanting.

Vermont towns gearing up to fight emerald ash borer

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August 26, 2018 – By Elizabeth Gribkoff, VTDigger – As the emerald ash borer continues its steady advance across the state, Vermont towns and landowners are ramping up their efforts to withstand the potential destruction caused by the invasive pests.

Bahner Farm Stand in Belmont is thriving, expanding

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August 26, 2018 – By Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News – Located on the busy Route 3 in Belmont, a road that runs from Belfast inland to Augusta, it’s no surprise that Bahner Farm has found success in selling their fresh vegetables roadside. In a charming wooden building with an open front, the farm offers about 30 varieties of organic vegetables that they grow on site, as well as seedlings and potted herbs. And to expand their offerings, the Bahners work with several nearby farms, creameries, bakers and gardeners, peddling their fruit, milk, bread, eggs, cut flowers and much more.

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