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• bumblebeewatch.org
• Beneficial Insects, Spiders, and Other Mini-Creatures in Your Garden
• Get Started with NRCS
• Beyond Black Plastic
• Organic Seed Alliance Manuals
• Growing Food Connections
• Greenhorns' Cooperative Farming
• Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation
• Northeast Forest Mushroom Growers Network
• SARE Library of Publications
• USDA Food and Nutrition Service Fact Sheets

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• Innovations in Local Food Enterprise
• Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Enterprise Budgets
• ATTRA’s  “Farmer Knows Best” forum
• An Introduction to Organic Dairy Production
• University of Vermont Farmer Training Program
• A Farmer's Guide to Food Safety and Conservation
• Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America
• A Race Horse Herbal

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A list of 18 resources that are available through the internet.

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17 recent web-based resources on a wide variety of topics.

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• Interview with Vandana Shiva
• Journey to Forever – Small Farm Library
• Jim Gerritsen on Maine Watch
• Biosecurity plan for farms
• Implementing an organic no-till system
• Proceedings from the 2012 Organic Seed Growers Conference
• Profiting from your Greenhouse Effect
• Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation in New England

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Leopold Center's Grower’s Manual• UN reports 800 million people engaged in urban agriculture
• Webinars on organic farming
• NE Vegetable & Fruit Conference Proceedings
• Truck Driving Dog video
• SBA information on starting and managing business
• Leopold Center's Grower’s Manual
• Crop Rotation on Organic Farms Planning Manual
• Roxbury Farm cultivation information
• Europe's Climate Farmers

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Cultivating Maine's Agricultural Future• Cultivating Maine's Agricultural Future
• A Farm Tour Handbook
• 2011 Directory of Farm Supplies
• Designs for two vegetable wash stations
• Global Village Construction Set
• Introduction To Organic Lawns And Yards
• Biochar: a closer look
• Meanwhile,: Farmers’ Market Farmers
• Farming With Food Safety and Conservation in Mind
• Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program

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• Video: “GM Crops – Farmer to Farmer"
• Basics of Organic Seed Production
• Spreadsheets that can help poultry producers
• Farmstay Manual
• Maine Extension's New Farmers site
• SARE's Learning Center

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• Videos of MOFGA events
• Jeremy Bloom – “The Internet Farmer”
• Growing Produce for Food Pantries
• Food Safety Modernization Act
• Maine AgrAbility
• Natural Substances for Protecting Ourselves from Radiation
• MP3 Audio of A Revolution of the Middle … and The Pursuit of Happiness
• ATTRA webinar on organic apple production and marketing
• Organic bread wheat variety trial reports
• Video: How to Create a Rain Garden
• Blog: Agrarian Nation
• Organic Seed Alliance: “State of Organic Seed Report”
• 2011 NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care
• Minnesota High Tunnel Production Manual

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Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet spotlights successful agricultural innovations and major successes in preventing food waste, building resilience to climate change and strengthening farming in cities.

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The online Soil and Health Library, the revised Commercial Potato Production in North America Handbook, and a new Cover Crop Chart.

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• AGR-Lite Insurance Program
• USDA National Organic Program (NOP) handbook
• The Pesticide-Induced Diseases Database
• UC Davis Soil Resource Laboratory’s smart phone application
• Organic-Approved Pesticides – Minimizing Risks to Pollinators

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• Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook
• A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers
• Production guides from Cornell University’s Integrated Pest Management Center
• Managing Alternative Pollinators
• Xerces Society’s Organic Farming for Bees
• A Revolution of the Middle … and The Pursuit of Happiness
• Mabel's Book 2010: Local Foods Directory

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MOFGA Maine Seasonal Food GuideIn May 2010, MOFGA began publishing bi-monthly Maine Seasonal Food Guide brochures to educate the public about the seasonal availability of Maine foods.

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This SARE publication is a rich source of information for K-12 teachers.

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Website of AmpleHarvest.com

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The sixth (2009) edition of the Changing Maine Directory is available, listing nearly 1,500 Maine grassroots social action and social service organizations.

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Cornell University has updated its Pesticide and Cancer Risk Database to contain EPA Cancer Risk Classifications on 114 pesticide active ingredients.

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Online resource showing excellent photos and descriptions of natural enemies and spiders that feed on crop pests.

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Online resource from England features The Holistic Agricultural Library.

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5-minute video about Dr. John Navazio, produced by Organic Nation TV.

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Resource from the University of Missouri Cooperative Extension tells how to start a community garden.

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Herrick Kimball shows how to build your own "Planet Whizbang" Wheel Hoe.

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Publications available from UMaine Cooperative Extension.

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Guides to producing organic vegetables (carrots, peas, snap beans and winter squash) for processing.

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Publication available from UMaine Cooperative Extension.

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Resource available from UMaine Cooperative Extension.

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Publication available from UMaine Cooperative Extension.

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Free monthly electronic newsletter from UMaine Extension.

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Website shows what pesticide residues are found on various foods.

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This book by Charles L. Mohler et al., covers the applications of crop rotation, including improving soil quality and health and managing insects, diseases and weeds.

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USDA/APHIS Wildlife Services offer up to $1,000, five-year loans to purchase electric fencing.

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The USDA has grant funds for planning activities or working capital expenditures for farmers considering value-added agricultural enterprises. The project must involve new and emerging markets and a value–added product.

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Web site features advice, photos and videos of reporter and master gardener Amy Sinclair’s organic, low-maintenance, high-yield, 10-foot by 10-foot “Just Add Water” plot in Yarmouth.

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Multimedia recordings of the conference.

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Guides to help Mainers keep warm, save money, heat safely and conserve energy.

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Helps farmers understand laws surrounding GE crops.

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Free SARE bulletin features Vermont dairy producer Roger Rainville’s work to achieve energy independence on his farm.

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For professionals in the social and natural sciences who want to promote pro-environmental behaviors.

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Latest government data on pesticide residues on produce.

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Five resource listings.

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Using draft animals; sustainable forestry; sustainable living; items for sale or wanted; jobs; calendar and more.

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Enter your zip code at this site for current weather, a five-day forecast and more.

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University of Maine Cooperative Extension Straw Directory (complementing its Hay Directory) for those seeking or selling straw.

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Launching a searchable online map to connect consumers, producers, distributors, processors and others involved in the Maine food system.

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Online report summarizes individual farm financial results for participants in the Minnesota Organic Farm Business Management Project for 2008 and provides comparisons to previous years.

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Website features a directory of organizations developing innovative approaches to producing, processing and marketing food from family farms.

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The Center's website summarizes differences in nutrients in organic and conventional production systems.

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A project of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group to help build a vibrant regional food system.

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Part of a worldwide effort to link volunteers over age 18 with organic farmers, promote educational exchanges, and build a global community that is conscious of ecological farming practices.

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The site helps Maine’s 43 million annual visitors and its residents experience the natural wonders of Maine in ways that enrich themselves AND the place.

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Director Taggart Siegel’s film shows Illinois farmer John Peterson’s 25 years of attempts at farming.

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Tells how to organize a buying club from scratch, lists buying clubs looking for new members, and tells how clubs can receive Crown O' Maine price lists.

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Provides resources for producing seed and doing variety trials.

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Informative website.

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Online information.

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Share IPM ideas and contact pest management experts at the Maine Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension's Pest Management Office.

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New England component provides pest management information.

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Invites citizens to collect data on leafing and flowering times for native plants.

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"Organic Farmers, Genetically Modified Organisms, and the Law." Free download.

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Planting guides and details of National Pollinator Week events.

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Links producers interested in non-lethal, humane techniques to protect their livestock from conflict with large carnivores

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Free publication tells about farmers who are improving energy efficiency while saving money.

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Provides mean gross and net income per acre and hourly wages paid to farm owners.

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Surveyed farmers say that the most useful and trusted information comes from other farmers, but making those contacts is difficult. One solution is a Farmer-to-Farmer Directory.

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In partnership with the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College offers a certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture.

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Thinking of starting a co-op? Check the website of the Cooperative Development Institute.

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The USDA-SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program) has a new National Continuing Education Program in Sustainable Agriculture online course for agricultural professionals.

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MOFGA member Craig Freshley, who has been helping groups make decisions for 15 years, has released his book, Tips to Make Good Group Decisions. This 80-page book blends inspirational theory and practical advice.

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Contributing authors – including attorneys and staff from Vermont agricultural organizations – provide expertise about the legal structure of the farm business; farm transfer and estate planning; farmland tenure and leasing; and regulation of farm labor, organic agriculture, agriculture and land use, and on-farm food processing and marketing.

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Environmental tipping points are levers for restoring sustainability to our imperiled environment They are small actions that can make a big difference, because they create feedback loops that magnify their effects. Examples include seed banks, urban gardens, school gardens and more.

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Looking for the latest on compostable plastic bottles, organic beauty products, electric cyclery and more? Sign up for the free daily or weekly TreeHugger electronic newsletter.

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A new report from the Center for Food Safety offers a state-by-state portrait of agriculture in the United States. Includes the the value of total organic sales in each state and the state's organic sales ranking, plus state legislation or regulations regarding genetically modified organisms.

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As a new tool for advocacy, IFOAM has developed leaflets for direct lobbying. These leaflets communicate the benefits of organic agriculture and related systems in a straightforward way that is accessible to policymakers and the public, and clearly outline corresponding threats or counter points.

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The Local Food Directory Resource includes national, regional, state and community directory resources for all 50 states.

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News about organic agriculture, USDA certification issues, industrial-organic dairies vs. local, family-owned organic dairies, etc., is available at www.cornucopia.org.

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The USDA has a redesigned National Agricultural Statistics Service Web site at www.nass.usda.gov that provides more data in an easily accessible format on every facet of U.S. agriculture.

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The National Agricultural Library (NAL) Web site, www.nal.usda.gov, connects users with the services of NAL, with billions of pages of agricultural information within NAL collections and with information resources.

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OrganicAgInfo.org is a free database of research reports, farmer-to-farmer information, outreach publications and more. It can be searched by key words, region, crop or livestock type. Growers can even upload information that they think would be useful after creating a user name and password.

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The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) hotline helps producers, researchers and educators order publications featuring cutting-edge SARE research. SAN also delivers books and bulletins.

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A new catalog of University of Maine Cooperative Extension publications is available.

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The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) has produced 10 handbooks of organic principles and practices, written by Northeast farmers for organic farmers and gardeners.

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A Web site launched in December helps people answer nutrition- and food-related questions. The site, www.nutrition.gov, is a comprehensive source of information on nutrition and dietary guidance from multiple government agencies.

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Building Better Rural Places, an extensive directory of federal programs for sustainable agriculture, forestry, conservation and community development, was compiled in 2004.

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The Mountain Tailgate Market Association, a group of farmer- and vendor-only markets in western North Carolina, promotes local markets, fresh food, and artisan crafts of the area's farmers, artists, bakers, food processors, and other vendors.

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The Organic Farming Compliance Handbook offers materials for use by agricultural professionals interested in what methods, materials and practices are compatible and consistent with organic standards.

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The Cornell Small Farms Program offers online information about a variety of marketing strategies.

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The New Farm® offers many articles of interest to farmers. Examples include articles on heritage turkeys, cover crop rollers, microbes, and tools.

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The step-by-step strategies detailed in this 280-page book help develop a detailed, lender-ready business plan or map ways to take advantage of such opportunities as organic farming; on-farm processing; direct marketing; agri-tourism; alternative crops; and adding value.

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From designing profitable rotations and building healthy soil to controlling weeds and pests, this 32-page color bulletin lays out many promising strategies to convert successfully, including special sections on livestock production and profiles of four diverse organic producers.

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The Green Spot, Ltd., a major supplier of biological pest control agents and integrated pest management paraphernalia, has a 60-page 2004 Green Methods Catalog available free.

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A new report, “Voices From the South,” systematically refutes widely promoted myths about genetically engineered (GE) food. Released by Pesticide Action Network North America and Food First just days before a ministerial level agricultural conference promoting GE foods got underway in Sacramento, California, in June, the report counters claims of the biotech industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that GE crops are a solution to hunger in the Third World.

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Good estate planning can help landowners achieve financial stability without cashing in on their land. Your Land is Your Legacy: A Guide to Planning for the Future of Your Farm offers practical estate planning advice for today’s landowners and their financial advisors.

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This book/CD discusses organic systems, soil health, pest management, marketing, certification, production techniques, economics, and the concept and practice of regenerative farming.

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This is a superb tome of references and resources for Maine farmers and potential farmers.

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Agricultural Research Service scientists have posted a treasure trove of postharvest storage information on the World Wide Web. The document is an electronic draft of a forthcoming publication that is three times longer than its predecessor, published in 1986.

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TulipWorld.com is now offering certified organic flower bulbs online.

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Curious about the health effects of chemicals that may taint your water? A free, concise guide is available: “Health Effects of Drinking Water Contaminants,” University of Maine Cooperative Extension Bulletin No. 7032.

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The Urban Agriculture Magazine (UA Magazine) is published three times a year on the RUAF-website and in hardcopy version. The UA Magazine facilitates sharing information on the impacts of urban agriculture, promotes the analysis and debate on critical issues for the development of the sector.

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University of Maine Cooperative Extension offers more than 200 free, printable fact sheets on its Web site (www.umext.maine.edu).

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Looking for a certified organic ingredient? The Organic Trade Association has an online directory.

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Looking far and wide for an apprentice or an apprenticeship? Check www.OrganicVolunteers.com.

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• Farmers and Their Diversified Horticultural Marketing Strategies: An Educational Video on Innovative Marketing
• Facilities for Roadside Markets
• Bramble Production Guide

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The 56-page, 2001 Green Methods Catalog is available free from The Green Spot, Ltd., 93 Priest Rd., Nottingham N.H.

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Last year, with the help of a $75,000 challenge grant from the Sunday River Charitable Foundation, Maine Initiatives started The Harvest Fund, a path-breaking small grant program that supports sustainable agriculture and food security projects, adding economic and social value to Maine’s communities.

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New NRAES guides include:
• Herbaceous Perennials Production: A Guide from Propagation to Marketing
• The Field Guide to On-Farm Composting
• Highbush Blueberry Production Guide

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New, bound compilations of HempWorld magazines from 1996, 1997 & 1998 cover the most tumultuous years in the history of the modern-day hemp industry. Highlighting each book is an introductory essay written by Publisher Mari Kane, who describes the dynamics of hemp industry players and the legal and political obstacles they’ve striven to overcome.

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Grazing in the Northeast, NRAES-113, and Priority Pasture Research and Education Needs, NRAES-113S.

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• AgInnovation News
• AgVenture Services Business Plan Kit
• Cornell’s Farming Alternatives
• Starting a Food Processing Business
• This Hawaii Product Went to Market
• Ten Tip Sheets from USDA’s SARE Program

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Jim Long shows, with good illustrations and easily followed instructions, how to make bentwood structures that can enhance your garden, fence off your chicken yard, hold up your roses, and more.

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This guide consolidates current, research-based information on landscape practices and plant materials that require reduced input of fertilizers and pesticides.

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The following publications are available from the Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service:
• Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start-Up to Market
• Post-Frame Building Handbook
• Earthen Manure Storage Design Considerations
• Field Guide to On-Farm Composting
• Environmental Factors to Consider When Expanding Dairies
• Managing Risk in Agriculture
• Silage and Hay Preservation
• Highbush Blueberry Production Guide
• Farm Rescue: Responding to Incidents and Emergencies in Agricultural Settings
• Planning the Financial/Organizational Structure of Farm and Agribusiness Firms: What Are the Options
• CA Storage: Meeting the Market Requirements

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Gene Logsdon’s two newest books are Good Spirits: Another Look at that Ol’ Demon, Alcohol, $21 ppd., and Wildlife in the Gardens, $13 ppd. The first attacks the social hypocrisy surrounding the subject of drinking alcohol and discusses the important role alcohol has played in human history. Directions from Logsdon’s moonshining father-in-law are included.

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A new book covering 10,000 of the world’s economically important plants greatly expands upon an out-of-date, out-of-print reference long popular with botanists, other scientists, teachers and others.

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“Healthy Animals” is an online compilation of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural animals and fish.

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Four extension bulletins published by Ecological Agriculture Projects of McGill University are available.

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For help with soil or pest problems, or for information about state regulations regarding agriculture, contact the following.

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