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USDA issues safety-net and conservation payments to Maine farmers

October 31, 2018 – USDA Maine Farm Service Agency, Bangor Daily News – USDA Maine Farm Service Agency Executive Director Dave Lavway recently announced that approximately $1,524,159 will be paid to Maine farms that enrolled in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage for 2017 market downturns. Additionally, Maine FSA will distribute $158,563 in Conservation Reserve Program rental payments to landowners for their commitment to conservation stewardship.


Among foodies and organic farmers in Russia

October 31, 2018 – By Gunnar Rundgren. Garden Earth - Ivan and Sergey Berezutskiy are twins and chefs, who have worked in some of the world’s finest kitchens. In 2014 they opened Twins Garden in Moscow, where they reinterpreted Russian cuisine with modern techniques. The have a keen interest in the ingredients, their origin and their cultivation.


Longtime Organic Ag Leader Enid Wonnacott Steps Down

October 30, 2018 – By Melissa Pasanen, Seven Days – Enid Wonnacott has tallied many accomplishments over 30-plus years as executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. In 1987, her 10-hour-per-week job came with one filing cabinet and a milk crate filled with paperwork. Since then, Wonnacott has built the nonprofit into a 20-person team supported by a $2.8 million budget. NOFA-VT has had an impact not only on Vermont agriculture but nationwide.


Insect populations are declining around the world. How worried should we be?

October 30, 2018 – By Mary Hoff, Ensia – When Susan Weller traveled to Ecuador to study tiger moths in the 1980s, she found plenty of insects. A decade later, Weller, now director of the University of Nebraska State Museum, returned to conduct follow-up research. But the moths she was looking for were gone.


Report: U.S. organic acres rise

October 29, 2018 – By Jonathan Knutson, Agweek – The United States has 6.5 million acres of organic certified land, 2 percent more than a year earlier, according to new report from Mercaris, which provides data and other information about organic and non-GMO commodities.


Farmington dairy farm hangs in there, adapts despite blows to business

October 29, 2018 – By Kathryn Skelton, Sun Journal – In a single day last month, Bussie York’s wife, Brenda, was rushed to the hospital with a stroke, Sandy River Farms sold off 60 dairy cows, and a half-dozen Secret Service agents fanned out over York’s property for a visit by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. He stood in York’s farm market, prayed for Brenda and wanted to hear how hard farming had gotten.


We need a complete change in agriculture to feed the planet

October 29, 2018 – By Karen Graham, Digital Journal – Study results show that the global agriculture system currently overproduces grains, fats, and sugars, while production of fruits and vegetables and protein is not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of the future global population.