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Governor Mills Selects Amanda Beal, President of Maine Farmland Trust, to Lead Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

January 20, 2019 – Office of Gov. Janet T. Mills – Governor Janet Mills announced today that she will nominate Amanda Beal to serve as the state’s next Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Beal, who grew up on a dairy farm in Litchfield and is an expert in agriculture and sustainability, will be the first woman to lead the department.


Farmland Trust Leader To Take Over As Maine Ag Commissioner

January 19, 2019 – By Steve Mistler, Maine Public – Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has picked the executive director of Maine Farmland Trust to become the commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.


This book puts you in rural Maine in the 1800s

January 19, 2019 – By George Smith, Bangor Daily News – Deborah Gould has written two books that help us experience life in rural Maine from 1820 to 1920. Published by Maine Authors Publishing, The Eastern, Books One and Two, focus on rural Pittston, Maine and surrounding towns, where farms were plentiful until the 1900s when kids started moving away for better jobs.


Amanda Beal to Lead Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

MOFGA Hails Commissioner Nomination as Ideal Choice

January 18, 2019 (Unity, ME) – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) announced unbridled enthusiasm for Amanda Beal, Governor Janet Mills' choice for State Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF). This was Mills' final nomination of dynamic individuals who will lead the major departments of Maine's state government. Beal has stepped down from her role as board member of MOFGA, where she served for 14 years including two as president, and will now transition from her role as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust.


Mills chooses head of farmland preservation group as agricultural commissioner

Amanda Beal grew up on a dairy farm and has served as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust since 2016.

January 18, 2019 – By Kevin Miller, The Portland Press Herald – Gov. Janet Mills has nominated the head of Maine Farmland Trust to serve as commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.


Pelosi releases names of new House ag appointees

January 18, 2019 – The Hagstrom Report, the Fence Post – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., late Wednesday released a list of 14 new Democratic members of the House Agriculture Committee and three Democrats who have won seats on the committee despite the fact that they also serve on what are regarded as more important committees.


The complex architecture and epigenomic impact of plant T-DNA insertions

January 18, 2019 – By Florian Jupe et al., PLoS ONE – We discovered that insertion of the anticipated DNA fragment occurred as multiple concatenated full and partial fragments that led in some cases to intra- and interchromosomal rearrangements. Our analysis of the epigenetic landscapes showed variable effects from silencing of the integrated foreign DNA to alterations of chromatin marks and thus chromatin structure and functionality.


As Brazilian agribusiness booms, family farms feed the nation

January 17, 2019 – By Anna Sophie Gross, Mongabay – Brazil’s “Agricultural Miracle” credits industrial agribusiness with pulling the nation out of a recent economic tailspin, and contributing 23.5 percent to GDP in 2017. But that miracle relied on a steeply tilted playing field, with government heavily subsidizing elite entrepreneurs.


Planned seaweed farm reflects changes in Maine aquaculture

January 17, 2019 – By Stephen Rappaport, The Ellsworth American – When organized fish farming first came to Maine in the 1970s, the first crops were shellfish – primarily blue mussels and oysters – and the “sea farms” were pretty much limited geographically to the Damariscotta River and some of the more sheltered inlets on Vinalhaven.


Northern Maine school board revives fall potato harvest break

January 17, 2019 – By Anthony Brino, Bangor Daily News – The MSAD 1 board of directors voted to reinstate a three week harvest break for high school students Wednesday, while superintendent Brian Carpenter resigned from his post effective Jan. 18.


How Native American Diets Benefit From Tucson’s Indigenous Seed Bank

January 17, 2019 – By Lisa Waterman Gray, Resilience – Housed inside a welcoming midtown Tucson shop, the nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH works to preserve endangered or rare plants of the Sonora Desert region. To accomplish this the organization sources, stores, distributes and sells approximately 1,900 varieties of drought-tolerant, non-GMO (genetically modified organism) seed.