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What Maine farmers can expect in 2019

December 31, 2018 - By Aislinn Sarnacki, Julia Bayly and Sam Schipani, Bangor Daily News – For farmers, there’s been an important change here in the Pine Tree State in recent years: Maine’s growing season is, well, growing. According to the University of Maine Climate and Agriculture Network, the average length is 12 to 14 days longer than it was in 1930 and is expected to continue to increase by 2 to 3 days per decade.


Fighting for the promised land: a story of farming and racism

December 31, 2015 – Southern Foodways Alliance – Shirley Sherrod’s introduction to the intermingling of agriculture and racism came when she was 17 years old, with an incident that changed the course of her life. And, after that moment, her life has been one defined by the fight for black-owned farmland. In this episode of Gravy, one woman’s story of farming and race, which taps into the dramatic decline of African American farmers in the U.S., and how the USDA was complicit in the loss of millions of acres of their land.


Can blueberry wines with bubbles give Maine farmers a meaningful outlet for sales?

December 30, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Kennebec Journal – Long ago, at a bachelor party on a cold and rainy weekend at Moosehead Lake, Michael Terrien, Eric Martin and their group of friends did enough drinking to get down to their last bottle of alcohol. It was blueberry wine, and even to a bunch of guys whose palates were, at that point, far from pristine, it was notable.


Why organic farming can help feed the world sustainably

December 28, 2018 – By Sarah Compson, Business Green – Support for organic and other agroecological approaches to farming lies at the heart of some of the solutions to the second Sustainable Development Goal to 'end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture'.


Leafy green neighborhoods tied to better heart health

December 28, 2018 – Lisa Rapaport, Reuters – People who live in neighborhoods with more green spaces may have less stress, healthier blood vessels and a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes than residents of communities without many outdoor recreation areas, a small study suggests.


Giving Voice: On food access and the farm bill

December 28, 2018 – By Mary Sasso, The Times Record – On Dec. 20, President Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill, into law. Since 1933, different iterations of the farm bill have largely influenced the state of food accessibility in this country, and this time is no different.


Will Mushrooms Be Magic for Threatened Bees?

December 28, 2018 - By Paul Stamets, The New York Times – We might be able to save honeybees from viruses transmitted by invasive parasites without [synthetic] chemical treatment.


National Organic Program; Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Handling)

December 27, 2018 – Federal Register – This rule changes the use restrictions for seventeen substances allowed for organic production or handling on the National List. This rule also adds sixteen new substances on the National List to be allowed in organic production or handling. In addition, this final rule lists the botanical pesticide, rotenone, as a prohibited substance in organic crop production. This final rule removes ivermectin as an allowed parasiticide for use in organic livestock production and amends our regulations to allow the use of parasiticides in fiber bearing animals. Finally, this rule inserts corrections of instructions and regulation text as listed in the proposed rule.


Agriculture Secretary Narrows Sites for Office Moves that Democrats Oppos

December 26, 2018 – By Charles S. Clark, Government Executive – Proceeding apace with his controversial plan to move two research offices out of Washington, D.C., Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Dec. 21 announced the criteria that will be used to narrow the 136 bids from state, local, academic and industry stakeholders to host the offices.