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Vermont Tomato Farmer Leads Defense of Organic Principles

April 18, 2018 – By Melissa Pasanen, Seven Days – The weather forecast in East Thetford on a recent Friday called for snow flurries, but stepping into a greenhouse on Dave Chapman's Long Wind Farm evoked a very different season.

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Sustainability in pasture-based dairy farming

April 17, 2018 – By Craig Galloway, Farmer’s Weekly Magazine – One of the questions modern farmers face is whether they can farm in an environmentally sustainable, yet profitable, way. Craig Galloway provided the answer in his PhD thesis on the sustainability of pasture-based dairy farms.

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Piecing together the fragments: elucidating edge effects on forest carbon dynamics

April 4, 2018 – By Ian A Smith et al., Ecological Society of America – Despite the majority of global forests being <1 km from an edge, our understanding of forest C dynamics is largely derived from intact forest systems. Edge effects on the C cycle vary by biome in their direction and magnitude, but current forest C accounting methods and ecosystem models generally fail to include edge effects.

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Biochar and Sustainable Agriculture

April 1, 2018 – By Jeff Schahczenski, NCAT – This publication reviews the current research and issues surrounding the production and use of this biomass energy technology and explores how biochar can contribute to sustainable agriculture. It focuses on the use of sustainable biochar with the intention of adding it to crop production systems and possible benefits for climate change mitigation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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