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Report: Federal Rules Haven’t Curbed Antibiotic Use In Pork

June 7, 2018 – By Ann Mayer, KUNC – Federal rules in place since January 2017 have not curbed the use of antibiotics in pork production, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advocacy group whose food and environment agenda includes responsible antibiotic use.

Nourish body, soul and spirit at a Farmers Market

June 6, 2018 – By Nancy McGinnis, Kennebec Journal – A trip to the farmers’ market is more than just picking up some items on your shopping list – it can be educational, entertaining, and simply good for the body, mind and soul. For some it represents culinary adventure; for others it’s about supporting the local agricultural economy and social justice; for everyone it’s a chance to feel part of a community and to simply enjoy fresh food that tastes great.

MOFGA Awards Business Development Grants

June 4, 2018 – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), thanks to support from the John Merck Fund, is awarding $3,000 grants to each of three MOFGA-certified organic businesses: Turtle Rock Farm in Brunswick, Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft and Left Field Farm in Bowdoinham. The funding will enable these businesses to access technical and consulting services to increase their sales to wholesale markets. In addition, MOFGA has partnered with Slow Money Maine, which will support two additional applicants at $1,500 each: Two Farmers Farm in Saco and Morning Dew Farm in Newcastle.

How to rewild your garden: ditch chemicals and decorate the concrete

May 30, 2018 – By Patrick Barkham, The Guardian – Rewilding excites people with its images of wolves and ambition to return entire landscapes to nature as humans withdraw after centuries of domination. But the grandeur of rewilding can also make the concept seem remote or irrelevant to people living ever more urban lives.

Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Maine

May 29, 2018 – By John Bott, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Officials at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) report that emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in Maine. Despite an aggressive search for at least a decade, the destructive forest insect from Asia had not been detected in Maine previously. It has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in thirty-four states throughout the country. The estimated commercial (unprocessed) value of Maine ash trees is approximately $320 million.

Strolling of the Heifers touts health and wellness

May 29, 2018 – By Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer – Health and wellness are becoming more and more of a focus at the Strolling of the Heifers as interest in these topics grows among those who attend the event.

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