Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Unfair Food Pricing Is Killing Family Farms and Regenerative Farming

June 30, 2019 – By Elizabeth Henderson, Truthout – In February, a dairy farmer friend sent me a note confiding that a few farmers she knows are living on cereal until their milk checks arrive. Yet, the recently released census of agriculture shows that the number of young farmers is growing even as the average age of farmers also increases, and there are uplifting articles about young Black farmers connecting with the land and enjoying the self-empowerment that comes with being an independent farmer.


NRCS, UC Davis Announce Release of SoilWeb 2.0 App Update

June 26, 2019 – USDA NRCS – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the University of California at Davis Soil Resource Laboratory today announced the release of the iOS and Android SoilWeb app, version 2.0. The app now has a cleaner and more modern interface with GPS-location-based links to access detailed digital soil survey data (SSURGO) published by the NRCS for most of the United States. The newly updated SoilWeb smartphone application is available as a free download on Google Play offsite link image and Apple App Store offsite link image.



Could Hemp Be a Cash Cow for Dairy Farmers?

June 26, 2019 – By Elizabeth Hewitt, Civil Eats – For most of his life, Dale Grossen has milked cows on the Wisconsin dairy farm his grandparents bought. But these days, the payoff for milking his 55 Holsteins, which he does largely by himself, isn’t what it was.



Production-related contaminants (pesticides, antibiotics and hormones) in organic and conventionally produced milk samples sold in the USA

June 26, 2019 – By Jean A. Welsh et al., Public Health Nutrition – Consumption of cow’s milk, which is associated with diet and health benefits, has decreased in the USA. The simultaneous increase in demand for more costly organic milk suggests consumer concern about exposure to production-related contaminants may be contributing to this decline. We sought to determine if contaminant levels differ by the production method used.


Training our next generation of organic dairy farmers

June 26, 2019 – By Peggy Keyser, News Center Maine – Tierney Lawlor didn't have much experience with dairy cows, but that didn't stop her from applying to the Wolfe's Neck Center Organic Dairy Farmer Apprentice Training program when she discovered it in her job search. She had worked on a horse farm in high school and studied agriculture in college, but had no experience with cows.



The ‘Botanical Triad’: The Presence of Insectary Plants Enhances Natural Enemy Abundance on Trap Crop Plants in an Organic Cabbage Agro-Ecosystem

June 22, 2019 – By Binita Shrestha, Insects – Habitat manipulation through the incorporation of non-crop plants such as trap crops (to lure pests away from the cash crop) and insectary plants (to provide resources for natural enemies) into agro-ecosystems is an ecological approach to pest management. In a field-scale study, we quantified the effects of integrating the use of trap crops with insectary plants as a novel method to control pest herbivores in an organic cabbage agro-ecosystem.

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