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With small, local slaughterhouses, Maine meat has a moment

April 24, 2020 – By Sam Schipani, Bangor Daily News – In the age of COVID-19, it’s slim pickings in the meat section of the grocery store. That’s not just because people are panic buying chicken breast and hot dogs. Slaughterhouses around the country, from Pennsylvania to South Dakota, have been shutting down as workers fall ill.


Mainers have gardening fever; nurseries struggling to keep up

April 24, 2020 – By Jennifer Osborn, The Ellsworth American – Garden centers and nurseries are in the midst of a perfect storm thanks to the arrival of spring and a global pandemic that shuttered the economy, disrupted the food chain and left thousands of Mainers at home with nothing to do but plant a garden.


Op-ed: Ever heard of isoxaflutole? That’s about to change

April 24, 2020 – By Nathan Donley, Environmental Health News – Chances are slim that anyone outside the pesticide and farming industries has heard about isoxaflutole—and that's exactly how EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler wants it.


Stay at Home for Food, Farms

April 23, 2020 – By Sarah Miller, Penobscot Bay Pilot – Farmers’ markets and the delicious, healthy local food they bring have become a high spot of many people’s Maine summer. If limits on socializing make these friendly, community-centered events difficult this summer, it will be sad and even upsetting. But farmers’ markets aside, the impact of the corona-crisis doesn’t need to be negative for local farming and food. On the contrary, it could provide a big boost for the already vibrant and expanding local food movement. It’s vital that we in Midcoast Maine grab that opportunity.


USDA offers farm loan funding

April 22, 2020 – Sun Journal – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Maine Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director SED David R. Lavway reminds producers that FSA offers specially targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to under served applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.