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Articles about events, programs and food-related concerns that have appeared in the News & Events section of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. Also see Genetic Engineering and Food on MOFGApedia.
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• Increase in Maine Farms
• Potato Production Aided by Rapeseed and Compost
• Zone Tillage Fact Sheet
• Row-crop Management
• Agrarian Elders
• Grassroots Seed Network
• Open Source Seeds
• Plant Extracts for Pigs
• Family Farms Can Nourish the World
• Kiva Zip Loan Program
• Shoppers Care About Sustainability

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• GE labeling in Maine
• K‐12 "Eating Local Foods” program in Gardiner
• Portland Food Co-op
• Study of fatty acids in U.S. organic and conventional milk
• Daily consumption of produce can delay mortality
• 2014 International Year of Family Farming
• U.S. organic food sales about $28 billion in 2012
• Canada's organic market
• Mid-Atlantic organic groups merge
• Garden Giant mushroom may help filter harmful pollutants
• Meats must have Country of Origin Labeling
• Crop yields increased in organic intercropping systems
• Lettuce growers plant alyssum to attract hoverflies
• Turning dairy manure into plastic
• USDA has central web resource for organic agriculture
• Vermont dairy farms drop to 900

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• Expanding the availability of broccoli
• Dairy heifers raised on pasture
• Chickens fed a diet including oregano oil
• Cropland worldwide has peaked
• Human urine as fertilizer
• Grants for farm to school programs
• Slow Food’s Sixth International Congress
• Farms signs Food Justice Pledge
• "Restoration agriculture" on Wisconsin farm
• Expansion of organic farming

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• Use of USDA organic seal and conservation
• EQIP conservation initiatives
• Scientific report on organic foods
• Diverse cropping systems
• Fertilizer use, irrigation and climate affect yields
• Plant-based compounds slow cancers
• Support for city gardeners and farmers
• “More Maine Meat”
• Organic Seed Finder
• New Zealand now has legal voice
• Goats control poison ivy

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As we went to press, the U.S. 2008 Farm Bill had expired, as Congress had failed to pass a new bill before adjourning in September. Important programs, including training for beginning farmers, natural resource conservation and access to quality food, were in jeopardy unless Congress acted quickly after the Nov. 6 election.

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• The 9,140 USDA-certified organic farms and ranches in the United States sold more than $3.5 billion of organically grown agricultural commodities in 2011.
Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2012 discusses economic, technology, policy, resource use, input use and land management changes that can enhance or degrade economic, social or environmental sustainability.
• Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan in August 2012 announced a 9.6 percent increase in National Farmers Market Directory listings.
• Land investors, speculators and biofuel producers have recently taken over enough land worldwide to feed nearly 1 billion people – but with the intent of producing biofuels and crops for export.

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• Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
• Americans support a better food system
• Investors support sustainable agriculture enterprises
• Johnny’s Selected Seeds
• The Good Life Center
• FDA retains “high fructose corn syrup”
• Benefits of eating strawberries and blueberries
• Value of ladybugs and other predatory insects
• Benefits of rearing cattle on grass
• Vitamin D treats mastitis in dairy cattle
• Study shows benefits of organic ‘Daniela’ tomatoes
• “Lawns to Lobsters”
• John Chapman plants apple tree at Unity College
• Walker School hosts FoodCorps associate
• Marine institutions will provide ocean information

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• MOFGA recognized by Maine Congressman Michael Michaud
• Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture project
• Coastal Farms Food Processing facility in Belfast
• U.S. organic industry grew by 9.5 percent in 2011
• Producing U.S. foods organically creates jobs
• Washington State University Organic Farm expanded
• Southeast U.S. farmers want to strengthen seed systems
• Maine law protects Maine’s agritourism farmers
• Land for farming offered to Skowhegan Miracle Homeless Shelter

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The Good News – Spring 2012
• $10.85 million gift to Kennebec Valley Community College
• $1 million vegetable processing plant in Van Buren
• Maine Feeding Mainers
• Jim Gerritsen and Occupy Wall Street
• Maine Center for Economic Policy
• College of the Atlantic
• Alice Elliott of Richmond, Maine
• Clif Bar Family Foundation grants
• Organic crop systems
• Consumer prefer to eat organic food
• 78 percent of U.S. families choose organic foods
• Customer loyalty pushes organic produce sales
• Organic Seed Availability Database
• Pennsylvania farmer Steve Groff
• Ketchup from organically grown tomatoes
• Organic Valley hires Steve Getz
• Improved USDA nutrition standards for school lunch
• Biochar
• USDA National Nutrient Management Standard

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• Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act
• Forever Farms
• YardScaping Gardens in Portland
• Bank savings accounts for CSA programs
• USDA grants to train and assist beginning farmers
• Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial
• Organic crop rotation more profitable, lowers risk
• USDA: More than 1,000 new farmers’ markets
• Growing food locally creates jobs
• Maine’s medical marijuana now law
• Organic Center report: “Transforming Jane Doe’s Diet”
• Scarborough will not use synthetic pesticides
• Report: Organic Farming for Health and Prosperity
• Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage
• Scientists advise on ways to feed Earth’s 9 billion

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• Consumer prefer to eat organic food
• New slaughter facility in Washington County
• Raised bed gardens for Maine prisons
• Federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate
• blueberry products lead to lower plasma cholesterol
• Organic produce contains health-promoting compounds
• organic products cheaper at farmers' markets
• USDA reports 6,132 farmers’ markets in 2010
• UMaine Cooperative Extension has new home in Falmouth
• New hybrid variety of organic corn
• Classical plant breeding bests genetic engineering
• New USDA child nutrition program rules benefit local products
• Science article calls on federal policies to speed sustainable agriculture
• MicoMax fights hemlock woolly adelgid
• TerraHaus dormitory at Unity College
• New federal legislation addresses humane egg production
• Maine Locavore Cookbook
 

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• The Law of Mother Earth
• Small-scale farmerscan double food production
• Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial
• Organic farming systems in the Canadian Prairies save energy
• Beef raised on pasture can reduce global warming
• (Cutworm controls in an organic no-till corn system
• Consider holding a local “Food Fair”
• Portland, Maine, ranked among Top 10 Foodie Cities
• UNH's Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major
• Green Mountain College's degree in Sustainable Food Systems
• “Kids for a Greener Camden”
• Responsibly harvested seafood from the Gulf of Maine
• Health benefits of drinking three popular herbal teas
• Organic foods purchased for health and safety
• The organic industry grew nearly 8 percent in 2010

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Articles about:
• three pesticide spray notification bills; and
• LD 837 – An Act To Protect Children’s Health and Promote Safe Schools and Child Care Centers by Limiting the Use of Pesticides;
• LD 321 – An Act To Change the Qualifications of Certain Members of the Board of Pesticides Control;
• LD 975 – An Act To Require Certification of Private Applicators of General Use Pesticides

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“Maine's Organic Farms – An Impact Report;” Maine Farmland Trust; Food for Maine’s Future; New England Farmers Union; U.S. families continue to buy more organic products; NOFA-NY project entitled “Growing Beginning Farmers in the Northeast through Regional Programming, Tools and Community.”

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17 articles on matters relating to lawns, watersheds, local food, seeds, food justice, bovine growth hormone, shikimic acid and pine needles, blueberries, integrating food with school curricula, chickens, alder brush, loblolly pines, bio-char, and organic farm systems.

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A review of studies comparing unprocessed organic and conventional foods and their consumption; The President’s Cancer Panel Report; more beneficial fatty acids in organic milk; organic inspections suspended in China; banning poultry feed with additives containing arsenic in Maryland.

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18 articles on a wide variety of topics

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Ten articles on a variety of subjects related to pesticides, organic agriculture, small farms and lawn care.

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8 articles on the following topics: 2010 Northeast Permaculture Convergence, Of Farms and Fables, "green garden practices" on public lands, College of the Atlantic, transitioning to organic farming, North Carolina State University developing crop varieties for organic growing, carbon sequestered using organic farming, World Bank and United Nations recommend organic farming for food security.

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A Compendium of Food and Agricultural News, categorized under the following topics: Good News, Organic Issues, Fertilizers, Dairy, Genetic Engineering, and Pesticides.

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News articles in the following categories: The Good News, Bad Irradiation, Feeding 9 Billion, Organic Issues, Genetic Engineering in the News, Pesticides in the News, and Food Safety.

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News articles in the following topics: The Good News, Nutrition News, A Milky Situation, Water Woes Out West, Contaminated Fertility, Food Safety, Pesticides in the News, and Genetic Engineering (GE) in the News.

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Many news articles gathered as The Good News, The Questionable News, Nutrition and Health, Ag Antibiotics in the News, Fertilizers Follies, Costs and Solutions, Genetic Engineering in the News, Labeling Issues, and Pesticide Updates.

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Results of a nationwide survey of 750 consumers by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Roots of Change releases Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture; Britains buying organic foods through CSAs; College of the Atlantic establishes Trans-Atlantic Partnership in Sustainable Food Systems; news about The Good Life Center.

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Organic blueberries more nutritious; cows grazing on fresh pasture produce milk with more antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids; organic foods don’t contain artificial dyes; Nash Huber is 2008 Steward of the Land; Vermont farms allowed to plant industrial hemp; new variety of hairy vetch; tomatoes grow better after hairy vetch cover crop; UNH to study energy and nutrient cycles on organic dairy research farm; Oregon Christmas tree growers try ecological pest management; Citizens for a Green Camden; organic practices can remove 7,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year; Maine residents can receive $5 for recycling mercury-containing thermostats; 2008 Farm Bill provides $78 million for organic agriculture research and education.

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UN-sponsored International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development concludes "modern" agriculture is not sustainable; local, organic, sustainable agriculture can mitigate nearly 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions and save one-sixth of global energy use; Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trials show that organic forage crops yield as much or more dry matter as conventional; how to increase the land-use efficiency of a vegetarian diet; raw milk consumers win a victory; 30.4 million hectares (75.1 million acres) are certified organic at the end of 2006; global market for organic products reached $38.6 billion U.S. in 2006; California Certified Organic Farmers has certified over half a million acres – 501,066 – as of March 2008; In India, a biogas digester that turns human, cow or kitchen waste into fuel; Organic Valley Family of Farms opens its membership to organic crop growers; In Spain, organically grown sweet peppers are more intensely red and yellow when ripe; extracts of hawthorn leaves, fruits and flowers increase exercise endurance and strengthen heart muscle contractions in heart failure patients; drinking beetroot juice can reduce blood pressure; in Canada, Home Depot will stop selling traditional pesticides and herbicides.

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Three articles: Percy and Louise Schmeiser win the 2007 Right Livelihood Award; Roger Doiron of Scarborough, Maine, receives a Food & Society Policy Fellowship; Maine’s Voluntary Municipal Farm Support Program.

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Organic tomatoes contain more of the health-protective flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol than those raised conventionally; a diet in which 90% or more of dairy and meat products are organic increases a beneficial fatty acid in mothers’ breast milk; blueberry extracts help Alzheimer's-prone lab mice; scientists find a correlation between colony collapse disorder (CCD) and a honeybee virus called Israeli acute paralysis virus; Leslie Land writes about strengthening bee hive colonies; the City of Vancouver recommends consuming certified organic, free-range eggs; the National Mall is getting a "green make-over."

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Six articles: The Maine YardScaping Partnership; urine can help meet the N needs of plants; young children who regularly eat homegrown produce eat more than twice as much of those healthy foods as kids who seldom get garden-fresh produce; hydroponic systems on New York's 14,000 acres of unshaded rooftop could feed as many as 20 million people all year; North Dakota farmers sue to end the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) ban on commercial hemp farming; iridodial, a compound in catnip oil, attracts lacewings that eat aphids and mites.

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12 articles: Taxpayer-subsidized row crop farmers flush about $391 million worth of nitrogen fertilizer down the Mississippi River; organic farming is more productive than industrial agriculture and can feed the world; global price of corn has doubled; reduction of greenhouse gas emissions if ethanol and biodiesel from corn-soybean rotations are used; benefits of agrichar; benefits of drinking "farm milk;" avoid bottled water; Maine wine; farmers’ markets; compost; organic farming builds soil organic matter better than conventional no-till farming; consumers support the goodness of organic foods and soils.

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10 articles: Harvey Wins Lawsuit; MAINE GARDENS: Nature and Design; Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: Maine’s First; Maine Alpaca Association to Produce Maine Fiber Frolic; Organic Seed Growers’ Conference and Producers’ Course in Oregon; USDA Begins Organic Price Reporting; Wood Prairie Farm’s Potato Wins Award; Organic Corn Yields Surpass Conventional in 27-Year Study; Sustainable Farming Boosts Poorest Farmers; SPIN: Small Plot Intensive Farming

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Four articles: Maine Highlands Community Organic Forest-Garden Forming; Pen Bay Commercial Kitchen Planned; Maine Tree Club Offers Outings and Education; Tanglewood 4H Camp Receives ACA Accreditation

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A new book study group, sponsored by MOFGA, the Belfast Co-op Store and the UU Belfast Green Sanctuary Group, is forming to read and discuss The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan.

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GE Free Maine plans to build a Maine Center for Food Sovereignty in Thorndike. The group envisions this Center as a place to coordinate it activities, share resources with the community, and research and develop the new strategies, policies and structures required to build a more just food system in Maine.

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Congratulations to Jim and Megan Gerritsen of WoodPrairie Farm, a MOFGA-certified organic vegetable farm in Bridgewater. Widely known for the 16 varieties of potatoes they raise and sell as tablestock and seed, the Gerritsens were asked by Gallo Family Vineyards to apply for its Gold Medal Award this year.

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• Governor Baldacci Signs Executive Order to Phase Out Toxics
• Making Co-op Economics Work
• Johnny’s Selected Seeds to be Employee-Owned
• Aroostook Workshop Draws Fifty
• City Hall Drops 10,000 Pounds
• “Extending the Harvest” Available on Video
• YardScaping/BayScaping Seed Mix Available
• Wanted: Western Maine Farmers to Supply Local Schools
• Western Maine Fund Supports Rural Area
• Grow the Winter Cache! Host a Workshop in Your Community

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17 articles:
• Maine Study Shows No Benefit to GE Canola
• Residues of Banned Pesticides on Vegetables
• Vegetables Contaminated with Antibiotics
• Junk Food Additives Stop Nerve Cell Growth
• Rodale Recommends Organic Cropping with No-Till
• Conservation Innovation Grants
• Waste Management: It’s About Thyme
• Native Foods Find New Generation of Support
• Kimchi Fights Bird Flu?
• Resurgence Starts School of Organic Gardening
• Promising Anti-Cancer Compounds in Soy
• Fruit Explorers Find Heartier Apple Tree Stock
• Flax Adds Performance Features to Cotton Textiles
• Stonyfield Helps Launch Organic Dairy Farm at UNH
• New England Club Lamb Sale in May
• Half of Scottish Babies Eat All Organic Foods
• Italian Slow Food Drives McDonald’s Out of Town

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The following news articles appear:
• Series on Sustainability in Norway, Maine
• Eight Maine Farmers Receive Conservation Contracts
• Migrant Health Program Reaches Out
• New Publications about Insurance for Mainers
• NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care
• Debate over Organic Standards
• Oakhurst Dairy Distributes Organic Milk
• Expanded Horizons
• Free-range Eggs Are More Nutritious
• IFOAM Approves Principles of Organic Agriculture
• Environmental Certification Standard for Flowers
• Downtowns Get a Boost from Farmers’ Markets
• Why Your Food Isn’t COOL
• Organic Farmers and English Wildlife
• Kids Need Nature
• Report Sheds Light on Nutrient Intakes Nationwide
• Birth Defect Rates Skyrocket on Florida Farms
• Vertical Farms: the Agriculture of the Future?
• Organic Consumers Fight to Stop "Organic" Factory Farm
• Hospitals Offer Organic Options
• Gaseous Cows on Factory Farms
• Why Organic Costs More
• Body Care Products, Pet Foods, Supplements to be Certified Organic
• Organic Beekeeping Workshop in New York
• Pesticide News (7 articles)
• Genetic Engineering News (5 articles)

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11 articles:
• New Maine Tax Hits Gardeners
• Maine Legislature Acts on Toxics
• Pimentel Asks: Are Pesticides Worth the Cost?
• Not All Biofuels Are Worthwhile
• Better Barley for Ethanol Production
• Organic and Conventional Yields Equal
• New Research Highlights Harmful Effects of Roundup
• Body Burden – The Pollution in Newborns
• EPA Sued for Farm Children’s Pesticide Risks
• Environmental Toxins Can Cause Heritable Damage
• Herb Fest A Perfect Warm-up for MOFGA Fairgrounds

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40 news articles:
• Kersbergen Receives Trustee Professorship
• NOFA-NY Hires Seed Project Coordinator
• More Than 26 Million Certified Organic Hectares Worldwide
• European Patent Office Upholds Decision to Revoke Neem Patent
• Cows Have Feelings, Too
• Panel Recommends Pasture for Organic Dairy Animals
• Activists Urge Lindane Ban
• Pesticides in Household Dust
• Farm Worker Tests Reveal Routine Pesticide Exposure
• GE Crops Reap Herbicide Resistance
• National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
• Agricultural Tool Recruited to Fight Malaria
• Tracking Antimicrobial-Resistant Organisms
• Western Maine Farm Fund Makes Record Loans
• Organic Ag May Raise Antioxidant Levels in Produce
• Monsanto Warns Two Billion Farmers: Stop Saving Seeds
• Judge Rules Against One Million Vietnamese in Favor of Monsanto
• UK Schools Going Organic
• Loans and Grants for Renewable/Efficient Energy Systems
• Cows Genetically Engineered to Resist Mastitis
• Earlier Spring
• Roundup® Kills Amphibians
• EPA Sweet on Atrazine
• Organic Trade Association Addresses Organic Standards
• EPA Won't Test Pesticides on Children
• OMB Undermines Guidelines on Cancer Risk
• Steady Growth in Organic Market
• Monsanto Buys Seminis
• Nutrient Deficiencies Promote Violence and Aggression
• Industrial Hemp Gains Ground in Four States
• Restrictions on Supplements Possible
• Conventional Blueberries to be Ground Sprayed
• British Farmers Paid for Environmental Stewardship
• Refuse to Use Lawn Chemicals
• "Inert" Ingredient in Roundup not so Benign
• Alternatives to USDA Organic
• Maine Producers Receive SARE Farmer/Grower Grants
• Virginia Bans All Raw Milk Production
• Organochlorines Accumulating in North American Birds
• Audit of National Organic Program Finds Noncompliances

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Maine Yardscaping logo29 articles:
• Seed Swap and Scion Exchange
• Taste of Success Conference
• Curriculum Contest to Award $1000
• Join a Community Sustainability Co-op
• Growing a Better Homeowner
• Update on Vermont’s GE Seed Labeling Law
• Americans Divided on GM Foods But Favor Regulation
• Genetically Engineered Crops Up Worldwide
• Bayer Backs Out of GE in India
• Study Warns of Risks of GM Pharmaceutical Crops
• Monsanto Fined Over Bribes in Indonesia
• International Organic Movement Fights GMOs
• Organic Advocates Respond to Biotech Study
• EPA Studies Children and Pesticide Exposure
• U.S. Muscles Montreal Protocol on Methyl Bromide Limits
• Common Pesticide Causes Aggression and Brain Damage
• Maine Ranks First in Nation in PVC Waste Incineration
• Bioenergy Projects Could Benefit from Local Green Tags
• Perchlorate Found in Food Samples
• Funding for Organic Programs Holds Steady for 2005
• Tracking Fluoride in the National Food Supply
• Organic Food Popularity Keeps Growing
• Lawsuit Targets Pesticide Air Pollution
• Antibiotic-Resistant Urinary Infections a Health Problem for Women
• Organic Valley Announces “Transition to Organic Fund’
• Subsidies Increase for Industrial Agriculture
• Fourth National Organic Farmers’ Survey Available
• School Foods Go Organic
• Poultry Processing Coop Forming

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• Direct Marketing Conference Scheduled
• Organic Farming Boosts Biodiversity
• Cherryfield Foods Will No Longer Apply Pesticides Aerially
• Ewe Lamb Replacement & Retention Program
• Horse Rescue Operation in Vermont
• Horse and Oxen Draft Work Resource Directory Offered
• Fungus Provides Varroa Mite Relief for Bees
• Trait in Honey Bees Keeps Mites From Multiplying
• Scientists Study Effects of Mustard on Pests
• Report Highlights Corporate Control at USDA
• OTA Praises USDA for Saving Organic Standards
• Hemp Ban in Foods Reversed
• Getting Schools to Sell Healthier Food
• U.S. Food Not Safest and Cheapest
• World Fair Trade Day
• Globalization of Food Takes its Toll on California
• New Warning about Chemicals
• U.S. Blocks Phase Out of Lindane in North America
• Toxic Pesticides Above “Safe” Levels in U.S. Residents
• California Sets Limits for Perchlorate Levels in Water
• Shareholders Knock Pesticide Companies
• Courts Take Aim at Dow for Bhopal
• Pesticides Affect Child Development in India
• Birth Weights Higher After Pesticide Ban

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Eight news articles: Unity Area Agricultural Initiatives, Maine Grass Farmers Network, American Farmland Trust, WagN Directory, Organic Poultry Processor in Auburn, Omega-3 Deficiency Can Affect Behavior, Canadian Supreme Court Rules Against Family Farmers, GrandyOats Certified Organic by MOFGA

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31 articles on a wide variety of topics, including Maine’s newest mill, The Morris Farm, Maine Foods Network, WAgN, Stone Soup Institute, a native plant education program, University of Maine students volunteering in Honduras, a Draft Horse and Oxen Work Resource, WWOOF-USA, pollination and honeybees, America’s diet, healthy foods in Vancouver Schools, USDA funding for organic research, a comprehensive review of pesticide research, the POPs Treaty, farmworkers sueing the U.S. EPA over pesticide use, pesticide information on-line, “Air Curtains” blocking insect pests from airplanes, an International GE Labeling Treaty, a Mendocino county bans GE crops, biopharmed GE crops lack oversight, Canadian organic farmers ask Monsanto to end GE wheat, the Organic Trade Association, Mainers buying Green Electricity, Mad Cows and Organic Beef, Maine consumers seeking Maine-grown beef, Italian researchers discover a new strain of BSE, a different cause of Mad Cow Disease, and protecting yourself from Mad Cow

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30 news articles: Harvest Fund; New Maine Spinnery; Organic School Garden Contest; Maine Conference on Tourism; Introduction to Organic Farming; Let’s Keep Growing!; MOFGA Organic Orcharding Classes; Spring 2004 Seed Swap and Scion Exchange; MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Who’s Your Farmer?; Midcoast Earth Day Celebration!; Grow Your Own Garden Night; Empty Bowl Supper; Organic Farming and Gardening Apprenticeship at Santa Cruz; Wildgathering!; Herb Fest 10; Guaranteed Loan Program for Western Maine Farmers; Garden Club of the Back Bay; National Organic Standards Are a Success; Organic Valley Achieves Record New England Growth in 2003; Swedish Study Shows Power of Prevention; Pesticide Use Increases with GE Crops; Hospitals Spray Dangerous Pesticides; EPA Proposes to Redefine Sludge Composts as Organic; Organic Beef is a Smart Choice; Public Health Association Calls for Moratorium on Factory Farms; Vote Hemp Releases Voter Guide; Federal Court Rejects DEA Ban on Hemp Food; Eating Hemp Food Does Not Cause Failed Drug Tests; High Levels of Arsenic Found in Chicken; European Union says “No” to Atrazine, But Not to Paraquat

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• Grow Your Own Garden Workshops in April
• First School Garden Workshop a Success
• Biodynamics Study Group Forms in Maine
• New England Vegetable and Berry Conference
• USDA Assistance for Wild Blueberry Growers
• Produce Expo and Conference Set for May 2004
• Nutrient Data Available for Home Computers
• Sales of Organic Fiber Increase
• Grazing Sheep on Blueberry Fields
• Survey: Organic Wool Available, Used in Consumer Goods
• Maine Environmental Policy Institute Studies Blueberry Cultivation, Salmon Recovery
• Study Broadens Knowledge of Farm Conservation Easements
• Logos, Labels, Brochures: CEI Program Offers Free Promotional Services
• New England States Unite to Promote Local Agriculture
• Green Power Gaining
• Grass Plots Demonstrate Lawns That Require Less Input
• News from the Organic Trade Association
• U.S. Organic Agriculture Blooms
• OFRF Applauds Launch of Congressional Organic Agriculture Caucus
• Zap Irradiated Food
• New York Sues Dow for Calling Dursban Safe
• News from Organic Bytes

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• Maine Food Festival to Feature Maine-Made Cheese, Butter and Yogurt
• Let’s Get Growing – A Workshop on School Gardens
• Nose to Tail Pork Processing Workshop
• MOFGA’S 3rd Annual Movable Feast in Ogunquit
• Maine Foods Network Links Farmers to Customers on Internet
• Making the Connection – Human Health and Environmental Exposures
• Workshops in India Link Health Care and Organic Farming
• Maine Initiatives Announces Grants for Spring 2003
• Organic Foundation Grant Deadline
• Organic Information Web Site is Valuable for Growers
• Online Course Teaches about Organic Food
• Opportunity in Kenya for Organic Gardening Volunteer
• Monsanto Corporation Sues Maine’s Oakhurst Dairy
• MOFGA’s Russell Libby Responds to Avery’s Contamination Claim
• Pesticides Quiz and Info Online
• Addison, Maine Department of Agriculture Clash Over Spray Ban

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• Small Farm Field Day in Unity, Maine
• Katahdin Hair Sheep Enthusiasts to Gather in Maine
• Medomak Workshops for Outdoor Skills and Writing
• Green Electricity Grows in Maine
• Maine Garden Day Celebrates Ten Years!
• Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance Field Days
• Maine Cheese Guild Gets Grant
• Maine FarmLink: Transferring the Farm
• Ohio Apprenticeship Program Online
• Saving Farmland Makes “Cents”
• Farm Training Workshops to Broaden Knowledge of Organic Agriculture
• Eating Organics Cuts Kids’ Pesticide Loads
• Exotic Newcastle Disease in Birds Leads to Quarantines
• Reports Detail Pesticides and Other Chemicals in People
• Québec Adopts Strict Pesticide Regulations
• Pennsylvania Town Restricts Corporations
• New Law Allows Experiments with Agricultural Hemp

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• Industrial Hemp Bill Filed in Maine
• MOFGA to Host Workshop on Practical Composting for On-Farm Use
• “Rod Iron” Butterfly and Bulbs to Grace MOFGA’s Flower Show Exhibit
• Spring 2003 Seed Swap and Scion Exchange
• Organic Orcharding Workshop
• Small Engine Maintenance and Repair Class at MOFGA’s Common Ground
• Wildgathering!
• Global Feast Conference in Rockport in April
• Farmer/Restaurant Directory
• Maine Cheese Makers Getting Organized
• New Round of Harvest Fund Grants
• Farm Fresh Connection
• Risk Management Tool For Organic Producers
• Loan Program Targets Western Maine Farms
• Food For Thought Celebrates Food and Family
• After-School Garden Program Started by Communities Promoting Health
• The Maine School Garden Network
• Rodale Launches Organic School Garden Contest
• Irradiated Foods in Schools?

Genetic Engineering News
• Keep Maine Free from Genetically Engineered Crops
• Maine Attorney General Not Cowed by Monsanto on Maine Dairy Quality Seal
• Businesses Join the Fight Against Genetically Engineered Crops
• The Safe Seed Pledge

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Six news articles on a variety of subjects

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• Kids Can Grow in Maine
• A Year of Near Nakedness
• WAgN Announces Third Annual Conference
• The Harvest Fund Sustainability Day Scheduled at MOFGA
• First Maine Food Festival Announces the Best Baked Beans in Maine
• Food and Farms Summit in Wilmington, Delaware
• Conference on Retooling Eco-Farms
• Applied Ecology Conference Addresses Agriculture
• Sixth Annual N.Y. Farmer to Farmer Workshop Series
• IFOAM Conference Stresses Communities, from the Ground, Up
• Scrap the Lawn “Care” Chemicals and Save the Bays
• Protect Farmland or Pave “Maryland”
• Maine State Grange Seeks Members
• Organic Comes of Age
• Rodale Launches Quality Assurance Seal Program for Compost
• Farm Dirt Protects Against Asthma
• Weed-and-Feed Lawn Chemicals Reduce Litter Size
• Studies Probe Soil Microbes
• Pesticides Interfere with Crop Nutrients
• Dow Sued by Bhopal Survivors
• Dow Tested Insecticide Ingredient on Youth
• News from the Pesticide Action Network
• Parkinson’s Disease Possibly Linked to Pesticide Exposure

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• Maine Department of Agriculture Plans Forum on Genetic Engineering
• Second Annual Great Maine Apple Day – November 9
• NorthEast Organic Network – Shining the Light on Organic
• Popular Website Celebrates Two Years of Bringing the Maine Environment Online
• Truly Green Grass: Organic Landscaping Talk at Common Ground Fair
• Harvest Fund at Maine Initiatives Makes New Grants
• Ten Percent of Maine Dairy Farmers Shipping Organic Milk
• GE Legislation: Maine Leads the Way
• Working Horse and Oxen Association Forms
• Food Irradiation Update
• The SuperMarketCoop
• Creole Pigs as a "Parable of Globalization"
• Organic & Beyond: Campaign for a New Vision of Farming
• Floriculture: Pesticides, Worker Health,Codes of Conduct
• World Food Summit In Rome – Food Is a Human Right

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• Fascinating Talks and Unusual Herbs at Eighth Annual HerbFest
• Third Annual Rocknockers' Picnic in June
• Maine Legislature Addresses Ironite-Type Fertilizers
• Grow Biointensive™ Sustainable Mini-Farming Workshop
• Youth Garden Receives National Award
• Fast Food, Organic Style
• Compost Contaminated with Clopyralid
• U.S. EPA Approves Bt Corn Despite Lack of Testing
• France Bans Triazine Herbicides
• International Bodies Urged to Halt Maize Contamination
• Atrazine Affects Male Frogs' Hormones, Organs

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• Farmers Sign On to GE-Moratorium Pledge
• Maine Attorney General Not Cowed by Monsanto
• Good Communication and Good Neighbors
• Coplin Plantation Passes No-Spray Ordinance
• International Students as Farm Labor

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• Report Presents Evidence for Health Benefits of Organic
• DEA Issues New Rules to Ban Hemp Foods
• Link Between Miscarriages, Agricultural Pesticides
• Public Citizen vs. Irradiated Beef
• Experience Solar Culture in Nicaragua
• Cuba’s Organic Success Censored

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Peewakee apples• The Great Maine Apple Day
• Organic Soup Co-op?
• Grants from Maine Initiatives
• Indian Meadow Herbals Project
• New Fare Share Co-op Opens in Norway
• Hancock County Chef-Growers Retreat
• Maine Farmland Trust Receives First Easement
• Organic Blueberry Production Promoted
• Committee Links MOFGA with El Salvador Farmers

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• Organic Farmers Win Praise at Portland Flower Show
• Herb Fest 2001
• Scythe Mowers Unite!
• Workshop on Hybrid Photovoltaic Modules
• Organic Farm Camp for Young Women
• Growing New Farmers: A Northeast Service Providers’ Consortium
• Irradiation Update: Not-So-Glowing Reports about School Lunches
• Pesticides for West Nile Virus Evaluated
• Pamphlet on West Nile Available
• Mosquito Control for Communities

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• Spring Growth 2001 – The Whole Farm System
• MOFGA to Teach Organic Gardening at 10 Maine Sites
• Volunteers Needed: “Harvest Dreams” at Portland Flower Show
• Maine Tries for Fourth Time for GE Labeling
• Spring 2001 Seed Swap and Scion Exchange
• Organic Orcharding Workshop
• Slide Show of “At Risk” Medicinal Plants in Union
• New Mailorder Source for Organic, Open-Pollinated Seedlings
• Mineral Coating Could Cut Chemical Use in Agriculture
• EPA Phases Out Homeowner Use of Diazinon
• Rotenone Causes Parkinson’s-like Symptoms in Rats
• Department of Agriculture Promotes Local Dishes

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• Maine Agricultural Trades Show 2001
• NOFA-VT Winter Conference
• Northeast SARE Grant Applications Due Soon
• Marketing by Bus
• Portland Flower Show March 15-18
• Fertile Ground for Local and Organic Food Sales
• Organic Farm Website
• New Outlet for Maine Products
• Knox-Lincoln County Has New Extension Educator
• ABC’s Stossel Reprimanded for 20/20 Misinformation
• Fox Found Guilty Too
• Organic Gardening Highlights Benefits of Grass-Fed Animals
• Planting Mixtures of Rice Varieties Almost Doubles Yields
• Planting Wheat May Help Apple Growers Manage Disease

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• Research Grants for Organic Production
• ‘Ad-tivism’ Campaign Promotes Sustainable Agriculture
• LocalHarvest.com Connects Farmers, Consumers
• Humanizing Maine’s Food System
• Grant Opportunity for Northeast Producers
• Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone Affects Offspring
• Source for Unusual Seeds
• Pesticides vs. Birds
• Cranberries Fight Breast Cancer in Mice
• Parkinson’s Disease and Pesticides Used in the Home
• EPA Says Dioxin is Carcinogen
• EPA Moves Against Dursban
• Agricultural Risk Protection Act
• Report Links Common Chemicals To Disabilities
• High-Selenium Broccoli Vs. Colon Cancer
•Cropping Systems Influence Biological Weed Control

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• Apple Saturdays at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
• Woodlanders Gathering
• Farmers’ Guide to Marketing Meat
• Plant-A-Row for the Hungry
• Hampden Farmers’ Market Open
• Maine Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute
• 2000 Maine Wool Pool
• Hancock County Planning Commission Receives National Award
• USDA Calendar Features The Weston Farm
• Hempster Receives Award
• Did You Get Enough K Today?
• Rotation Doubles Land Productivity
• Organic Growers Join With ARS to Retain Crop Diversity
• Carbonating Cow Manure Stunts E. coli Growth
• Some Vermiculite May Contain Asbestos
• Alternative Nobel Prize Goes to Cuban Organic Group
• Scientists to Caterpillar Pests: Chew on This
• Japanese Honey­suckle Help Control Moth Pests
• Healthy Animals Now Online

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• Plant a Row For the Hungry: Update
• Agroforestry Conference in Portland
• Local Produce Wanted!
• Double Header – Seed Swap and Scion Exchange on Same Day
• Farm-To-Table Conference: Growing Healthy Foodsheds & Community
• 4th International Grassroots Gathering on Genetic Engineering
• Brooksville Tour Features Premier Gardens
• Fertilizers: Another Affront to Frogs
• Research Funds Available for Organic Farming
• Marketing Assistance for Small-Scale Farmers
• Wildgathering! 2000
• Bromelain – Health Food for Bessie, Too
• Processing Alfalfa and Soybeans – On the Spot

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• Organic Farmers to Present Seminar
• Blueberries May Restore Some Memory, Coordination and Balance Lost with Age
• New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Conference
• State to Assist with Manure Management Plans
• Ecological Farming Conference
• Heavyweight Organic Supporters
• Everybody Eats: Canaries Teach-In 2000 Addresses Food Issues
• Future of Farming Conference – Growing More Food on Less Land
• Wildgathering! to Fill a Weekend in May
• Spring Growth – 2000
• New Sustainable Ag Faculty at U Maine
• Farmers Sell Produce to Schools
• Schools Turn Soft on Nutrition

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Agriculture Commissioner Bob Spear and Michael Gold of Black Bear Food Guild• Landowners Seek Rugged, Patient, Organic Journeyperson(s)
• Global Warming Conference: An Organic Perspective
• Agroforestry Conference – Income Opportunities from Your Back Yard
• Targeting Toxins
• No Hibernation for Black Bear Food Guild

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• Ag Committee Says Label Engineered Foods
• Maine Legislature Says No Labeling
• Second Annual Alternative Paper Conference
• Good Life Center News
• Northeast CSA Conference
• Growers’ Group to Work with USDA Seed Banks
• Organic Label Now Okay for Meat and Poultry
• Bob Spear New Commissioner of Agriculture
• Consumers Union Urges Controls on Specific Pesticides
• Study Criticized
• Project Promotes Rare Breeds in Sustainable Agriculture
• NOFA Summer Conference Planned
• Reptiles and Amphibians Run Out of Habitat
• Two Profs

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• Global Climate Change in Maine: The Risks and Opportunities
• School for Beekeepers
• 3rd Annual Wildgathering
• 5th Annual Herb FEST 99

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• Herb FEST on the Move
• Sunflowers for Snow- and Windbreaks
• Gardening for Community Service in Rockland
• Plant a Row for the Hungry
• Portland Public Market Opens
• Maine’s 11th Annual Beef Conference
• Conference to Delve Into New Ways With Paper
• Organic Cotton Directory Available
• Two Grant Programs for Northeast Producers
• Farmers’ Cooperative to Save Seeds
• Project Seeks Sustainable Farmers’ Stories
• Herbicide and Insecticide Harm Frogs
• Pesticide Companies Using Humans in Lab Studies
• NGOs Want Informed Consent on Pesticides
• Organic Dairy Producers Increase Profits
• Congress to USDA: Organic Research Required

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• Ag in Classroom Materials at Bangor Public Library
• ATTRA Supports Sustainable Growers
• Grassroots Organizers’ Workshop
• Farm Animals Awareness Week
• Food Safety Resources
• Heavy Pesticide Use is Neurotoxic to Children
• Exports of Hazardous Pesticides from U.S. Ports Increase
• FDA Sued Over Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods
• Genetically Engineered Foods – They’re Different: Oh, No They’re Not
• Biotech Is Not the Answer to the World’s Food Problems
• Terminator Technology May Threaten Ecosystems
• Number of Toxic Ingredients in Pesticides Doubles

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