Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Why This Farmer Wants To Go Beyond Organic


October 12, 2018 – By Theresa Beckhusen, Forbes – Luke Peterson is a Minnesota farmer with the soil in his veins. He grew up in Laq qui Parle State Park, and his father was a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employee. Peterson also spent time working for the DNR, focusing on the critical undertaking of prairie restoration. During the Public Land Survey from 1847-1907, Minnesota had 18 million acres of prairie. Only 1% of that remains.

USDA Stalwart in Plan to Move ERS and NIFA Despite Mounting Opposition


October 12, 2018 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – It’s been over 60 days since the Administration shocked the research community with a proposal to relocate the headquarters of two major federal research agencies. Under the Administration’s plan, both the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) would lose their historic homes in the nation’s capital and be relocated in yet undetermined locations as soon as next year. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) along with many others in the food, farm, and research communities, are opposing the relocation and the lack of transparency in the decision-making process.

Roundup exposure speeds up antibiotic resistance – study


October 12, 2018 – New Zealand Herald – Bacteria can develop antibiotic resistance up to 100,000 times faster when exposed to Roundup and another widely-used herbicide, a study co-authored by a New Zealand scientist has found.

Shalom Orchard offers rare organic fruit wines


October 11, 2018 – By Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News – Perched on a hill in eastern Maine, Shalom Orchard is a historic farm with a rare offering: organic wines made of apples, pears, blueberries and other locally grown fruits and berries. Once a common beverage throughout New England, non-grape fruit wines are now few and far between — especially of the organic variety.

USDA’s Sandoval selected as new district conservationist in Dover-Foxcroft


October 11, 201 – The Piscataquis Observer – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has selected an experienced soil conservationist who is familiar with agriculture issues in Piscataquis County to serve as the newest district conservationist at its Dover-Foxcroft field office.


For Cape Elizabeth students, learning is building, baking and more


October 11, 2018 – By Jocelyn Van Saun, The Forecaster – When considering how to teach a unit on ancient civilization, sixth-grade social studies teacher Morgan Kerr said he looked for a link to help students feel more “connected” to a time so many centuries ago.

Biocontrols and Organic Produce a Powerful Pair on Tour


October 11, 2018 – By Christina Herrick, Growing Produce – It’s common knowledge, or at least roughly accepted in the Eastern part of the U.S. that growing organic tree fruit (and vegetables, too) is challenging. It’s also understood these challenges may be perceived to be so insurmountable that growers are reluctant to risk a year’s income to even try to produce crops organically.