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At Full Fork Farm, it’s full circle farming, regenerating the land

July 31, 2019 – By Sandy Isaac, The Town Line – U-pick strawberry season is well underway at Full Fork Farm. “It’s probably my favorite part of farming,” said Anson Biller, owner and operator of Full Fork Farm. “Human interaction and watching families have fun as they pick the strawberries is one of the highlights of the growing season.”

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Organic Program Cracks Down After Fraud Concerns

July 28, 2019 – By Philip Gruber, Lancaster Farming – USDA has tightened its oversight of organic farms in Eastern Europe after reports that the region was exporting improperly labeled grains.

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Leafy Greens With Listeria Sold at Major Supermarkets

July 26, 2019 – By Trisha Calvo, Consumer Reports – A new Consumer Reports test of 284 samples of fresh greens—such as lettuce, spinach, and kale—found six samples tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly bacteria. The samples were purchased at several grocery store chains including Acme, Costco, Hannaford, and Whole Foods.

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State schedules Local Food Procurement law listening sessions

July 26, 2019 – Penobscot Bay Pilot – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is launching a new program to help institutions source more food locally. As a first step in that process, the Department is holding a series of listening sessions across the state to learn from institutional buyers, food service staff, distributors, farmers, food producers and others. The next listening session will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday, August 7, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food producers, farmers, buyers, wholesalers, distributors, or food service professionals who would like to attend should contact Sylvie Boisvert at sylvie.boisvert@maine.gov for more information.

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GMO-Friendly USDA Ogling Organic

July 25, 2019 – Cornucopia Institute – USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach recently made comments before the House Agriculture Subcommittee, suggesting it is time to discuss the possible allowance of gene editing methods within organic production.

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$2 billion Roundup verdict cut to $86.7 million

July 25, 2019 – By Sara Randazzo, MarketWatch – Bayer AG succeeded in getting a third large trial verdict substantially reduced in litigation over the safety of its signature weedkiller, Roundup.

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