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Interior Nominee Intervened to Block Report on Endangered Species

March 26, 2019 – By Eric Lipton, The New York Times – After years of effort, scientists at the Fish and Wildlife Service had a moment of celebration as they wrapped up a comprehensive analysis of the threat that three widely used pesticides present to hundreds of endangered species, like the kit fox and the seaside sparrow.

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EPA may thwart efforts by states to set stricter pesticide rules

March 26, 2019 – By Liz Crampton, Politico – State regulators are worried that the Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to override them on a host of pesticide regulations by negating stricter rules intended to curb crop damage or prevent environmental hazards from pesticides.

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Widespread losses of pollinating insects revealed across Britain

March 26, 2019 – By Damian Carrington, The Guardian – A widespread loss of pollinating insects in recent decades has been revealed by the first national survey in Britain, which scientists say “highlights a fundamental deterioration” in nature.

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2019 Children’s Garden @ The Maine Flower Show

March 26, 2019 – Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, Maine School Garden Network & ReTreeUS work diligently to incorporate gardening and orcharding into schools across the entire state all year long. Together these organizations have created a space for kids of all ages to have a hands-on gardening experience and an opportunity to learn about plants, and the food, fruit and flowers they produce. Touching the soil, planting, watering and learning about pollination, which are all key parts of growing, will be modeled in the children’s garden.

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Focus on these shoppers to grow organic sales

March 26, 2019 – By Ashley Nickle, Produce Retailer – Organic produce continues to grow in importance to the industry, contributing $5.6 billion in sales in 2018, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s latest FreshFacts on Retail report.

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Eat these 50 foods to save the world

March 26, 2019 – By Melissa Breyer, Treehugger – From cactus and cow peas to pumpkin flowers and fonio – these 50 delicious foods are healthy, sustainable, and help wildlife too.

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Soil Carbon Restoration

Undated – NOFA Interstate Council – Dangerous levels of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere derive not only from burning fossil fuels, but also from land use changes. In fact, some scientists estimate that two-thirds of the excess carbon in the atmosphere derive from land-use changes such as clearing forests for agriculture and tilling the soil; with every tillage pass, a portion of a soil’s organic matter (which is 57% carbon) is converted to CO2 along with some of the soil’s fixed nitrogen, which is converted to N2O (a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2).

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The science of hard cider to be topic of MDI Science Cafe

March 25, 2019 – By Stefanie Matteson, Bangor Daily News – For the first time in more than 100 years, Maine farmers are making a living from growing apples. The reason lies with the rebirth of interest in fermenting apples into hard cider, which has given rise to a cottage industry consisting of dozens of small cideries that are producing regional, European-style ciders.

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