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Dutch Minks Contract COVID-19 — And Appear To Infect Humans

June 25, 2020 – By Pien Huang, Maine Public – Minks on two fur farms in the Netherlands began getting sick in late April. Some were coughing, with runny noses; others had signs of severe respiratory disease. Soon, they started dying.


What's driving Europe's stance on glyphosate

June 25, 2020 – By Uwe Hessler, DW – Chemicals giant Bayer has reached a settlement to end most of the current US lawsuits Its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, plaintiffs insist, but it's still used in many places in Europe and beyond.


This is what a trip to a pick-your-own farm in Maine will be like this year

June 25, 2020 – By Julia Bayly, Bangor Daily News – It’s strawberry picking time in Maine. Pick-your-own farms around the state are opening, allowing people to head to the fields to gather as much of the sweet juicy crop as they can. But things are going to look and operate differently on those farms this summer thanks to policies aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19.


Local Voluntourism In MidCoast Maine: Redefining Travel In Covid Times

June 23, 2020 – By Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes – A host of businesses across the world have come apart at the seams as the result of the Covid-19 crisis slump, and the tourism industry’s taken a huge hit. However, the months-long lockdown and the ongoing travel ban is leading avid travelers to question their pre-crisis travel choices, and, in the long-run, to even think about swapping splashy, far-flung getaways for more meaningful travel experiences closer to home.


Aroostook Hops will use $50,000 grant to update harvesting and aid fellow farmers

June 23, 2020 – By David Marino Jr., The County – Shortly after Jason Johnston moved to Westfield in 2007, his interest in homebrewing drove him to start planting hops — a plant used to flavor and preserve beer. Now, 13 years later, Aroostook Hops is leading the way in its industry and receiving accolades from the state.


Explore Maine farms in summer scavenger hunt

June 22, 2020 – Village Soup Waldo – This summer Maine Farmland Trust is challenging its members and all farm and food enthusiasts to an epic, self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants can choose their own adventure to explore farms close to home or further afield, and complete a range of tasks — from visiting farm stands and farmers' markets, to packing a picnic with all local foods, making a bouquet with Maine flowers, to finding a corn field.