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Organic Farms Are Under Attack From Agribusiness, Weakened Standards

March 17, 2019 – By Elizabeth Henderson, Truthout – The certified organic label has helped save many generational farms and enabled people like me, who do not come from agricultural backgrounds, to become successful farmers. Organic farming has brought environmental benefits — healthier soils, freedom from toxic pesticides and herbicides — to 6.5 million acres in the U.S.

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Organic Valley's longtime CEO steps down

March 15, 2019 – By Rob Schultz, Wisconsin State Journal – George Siemon, who helped Organic Valley become one of the crown jewels of the organic foods industry, has stepped down as the company’s longtime chief executive officer.

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Ridge Tilling Offers Help to Veggie Growers

March 15, 2019 – By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant, Lancaster Farming – Many vegetable farmers spend lots of time ridding their fields of weeds. Ridge tilling may offer them some help.

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“Flawed Science” Delays Roll Out of Food and Drug Administration’s “Water Rule”

March 15, 2019 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Produce farms regulated under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (“Produce Safety Rule”) now have two additional years to comply with the rule’s agricultural water requirements.

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How farming reshaped our smiles and our speech

March 15, 2019 – By Ann Gibbons, Science – The switch to farming and a softer diet reshaped adults' jaws and teeth—and gave them the ability to pronounce new sounds. When humans switched to processed foods after the spread of agriculture, they put less wear and tear on their teeth. That changed the growth of their jaws, giving adults the overbites normal in children. Within a few thousand years, those slight overbites made it easy for people in farming cultures to fire off sounds like "f" and "v," opening a world of new words, according to a study. The newly favored consonants, known as labiodentals, helped spur the diversification of languages in Europe and Asia at least 4000 years ago.

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Squirrels are damaging some maple syrup operations

March 15, 2019 – By Lisa Rathke, AP, Bangor Daily News – Maple syrup producers have more than the weather to worry about. Frenetic squirrels are chomping on equipment, crimping the flow of sap at some operations.

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