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Can ‘Carbon Smart’ Farming Play a Key Role in the Climate Fight?

March 31, 2020 – By Gabriel Popkin, Yale Environment 360 – Markets are emerging to pay farmers to store more carbon in the soil by using improved agricultural practices. But flows of greenhouse gases into and out of soil are complex, and some scientists are questioning whether these efforts will actually help slow global warming.


Revealed: Monsanto predicted crop system would damage US farms

March 30, 2020 – By Carey Gillam, The Guardian – The US agriculture giant Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF were aware for years that their plan to introduce a new agricultural seed and chemical system would probably lead to damage on many US farms, internal documents seen by the Guardian show.


Relying on local foods during the COVID-19 crisis

March 28, 2020 – By Marina Schauffler, Penobscot Bay Pilot – Among the boundless concerns provoked by COVID-19, food supplies are top of mind for many Maine residents. The fear for consumers can be visceral: With store shelves emptying quickly, will there be enough to go around? As more states experience lockdown, can supply chains hold?


MOFGA working on alternative format for seed swap

March 28, 2020 – Kennebec Journal – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has announced it is working on an alternative format for its annual Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, originally scheduled for March 29, according to a news release from the Unity based association.


Heirloom plants: Saving the nation's seeds from extinction

March 28, 2020 – By Helen Briggs, BBC News – The battle of the Somme in 1916. A British soldier fighting in France is given seeds as a memento of happier times. When he returns home, he plants them in the soil. His family and friends carry on the tradition, and, today, you can still find the Blackdown Blue pea growing somewhere in Somerset.


Farms lead to gut bugs swapping

March 28, 2020 – By Laura Howes, Chemical & Engineering News – Bacteria with antimicrobial-resistance genes pass from livestock to farm interns.