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Seaweed Symposium gets underway in Down East Maine June 20-21

June 14, 2019 – Penobscot Bay Pilot – Greenhorns, a farmers’ community whose mission is to promote and support agriculture, is holding a Seaweed Symposium, June 20-21, in Pembroke and invites those interested to learn more about the ecology and governance of Maine’s intertidal resources.

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Introduction to Tractors: Farm Production Systems and Tractor Safety

June 14, 2019 – Beginning Farmers Resource Network of Maine – June 26, 2019, Wednesday, 5:00 pm, Morning Dew Farm, 5 Trails End Road, Newcastle. Join farmers Brendan and Brady of Morning Dew Farm to learn how they have set up vegetable production systems for both riding tractors and walk behind BCS style tractors. Basic tractor safety will be covered. Potluck to follow.  For more information contact MOFGA at mofga@mofga.org or call 207.568.4142

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Trump administration eases rules for genetically modified foods, animals

June 13, 2019 – Associated Press, Southeast Missourian – President Trump wants to make it easier for genetically engineered plants and animals to enter the food supply, and he signed an executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to simplify the "regulatory maze" for producers.

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The Pesticide Treadmill

June 13, 2019 – Pesticide Action Network – For decades, conventional farmers have been trapped on a “pesticide treadmill.” When persistent organochlorine pesticides like DDT were phased out for their health and environmental harms, a new fast-acting generation of organophosphates were phased in. And the pattern continues.

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Making the case for a global HHPs ban

June 13, 2019 – By Kristin Schafer, Pesticide Action Network – I spent the first week of April in Montevideo, Uruguay with PAN colleagues from around the world, pressing for global action on hazardous pesticides.

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Camden library hosts talk on making vinegar June 27

June 13, 2019 – Village Soup – Bob Sewall, long-time organic apple grower and former President of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, will, along with his wife, Mia Mantello, explain how vinegar is made Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. Sewall, who will also speak about the many uses for vinegar from cooking to medicinal benefits, created what is considered to be the oldest certified organic orchard in Maine still in operation. Sewall’s organic apple cider vinegar was voted “Best of Maine” (Down East Magazine) in 2008. There will be aged vinegar to sample and vinegar for sale at the Camden Public Library program.

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USDA Disregards Congress, Plans to Relocate Research Agencies to Kansas City

June 13, 2019 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Despite ongoing opposition from core stakeholders and multiple warnings from Congress not to proceed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has chosen to act with unprecedented disregard for good governance. Today, USDA charged forward with relocation and reorganization plans for two key federal research agencies: the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announcing its decision to relocate a majority of the agencies’ services and staff to Kansas City, MO. The move is being carried out with little to no oversight from lawful federal procedural rules, and has been broadly opposed by Congress Members and many key stakeholders.

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Renewable Energy Capacity Now Exceeds Coal in U.S.

June 13, 2019 – Yale Environment 360 – Renewable energy now generates more electricity in the United States than coal. Solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal totaled 21.56 percent of U.S. generating capacity as of April, according to a report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Coal, meanwhile, accounted for just 21.55 percent of capacity, down from 23.04 percent last year.

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