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Toxic PFAS Chemicals Found in Maine Farms Fertilized With Sewage Sludge

June 7, 2019 – By Sharon Lerner, The Intercept. The Intercept has published an investigation by reporter Sharon Lerner revealing that all sewage sludge (i.e. solid waste that remains after the treatment of domestic and industrial water) recently tested by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was contaminated with PFAS chemicals.

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USDA Investigating Detection of Genetically Engineered (GE) Wheat in Washington State

June 7, 2019 – By Rick Coker and Lyndsay Cole, USDA APHIS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the discovery of genetically engineered (GE) wheat plants growing in an unplanted agricultural field in Washington State.  The GE wheat in question is resistant to glyphosate, commonly referred to as Round Up.

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Sample dishes with ingredients sold at Camden Farmer’s Market

June 6, 2019 – Penobscot Bay Pilot – Camden Farmers’ Market will be celebrating spring with a “Taste of the Market,” Saturday, June 8, from 9 to noon. Each vendor will be offering a sample of a dish using ingredients produced at their farm or business.

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Pingree: $1B agriculture package will benefit local, organic farmers in Maine

June 6, 2019 – Mainebiz – The full U.S. House Appropriations Committee this week approved an agriculture and rural development spending bill that reverses proposed cuts to a range of U.S. Department of Agriculture programs — including several tackling climate change and the unnecessary relocation of key research staff.

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Veggies For All hunger-relief program to return to Unity

June 6, 2019 – Kennebec Journal – Maine Farmland Trust and Unity Barn Raisers recently announced that Veggies For All has returned to its roots. As of this spring, VFA is once again a project under Unity Barn Raisers, according to a news release from the trust.

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Youth in Agriculture: How Young People are Getting Involved with Farming in Maine

June 6, 2019 – By Cindy Han, Maine Calling, Maine Public – Maine's agricultural future depends on the interest and involvement of young people. We'll learn about the programs and educational efforts aimed at fostering the farmers of tomorrow—and why some see these young people as essential to the economic success and culture of our state.

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