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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farm Bill limbo leaves Maine businesses in lurch
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 9/30/2012.
By Ben McCanna – A partisan stalemate in Washington, D.C., has left one of Maine's largest industries in limbo. Jon Olson, executive secretary of the Maine Farm Bureau said the holdup in Congress affects all Maine farmers, but dairy farmers are in the worst spot.
Climate change may boost state’s cranberry take
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/30/2012.
By North Cairn – Maine's cranberry harvest is up this year, and warmer weather brought on by climate change might be one reason. Charlie Armstrong, a cranberry specialist with the Cooperative Extension at the University of Maine in Orono, said the warming weather since the mid-19th century – an average 1.5 to 2 degrees F. globally – may be a harbinger of changes to come for agriculture across the state.
Climate change takes a bite out of global food supply
Inter Press Service - 9/29/2012.
By Stephen Leahy – Monterey, CA: Humanity’s ability to feed itself is in serious doubt as climate change takes hold on land in the form of droughts and extreme weather. Less well known is that emissions from burning oil, coal and gas are both heating up the oceans and making them more acidic. That is reducing the amount of seafood that can be caught, according to a new report released here.
Pricing, record high costs for feed threaten to sink Maine’s dairy farms
Bangor Daily News - 9/29/2012.
By Whit Richardson – A series of colliding factors, including the weather, grain speculation and antiquated federal policies, have sent Maine’s dairy farmers spinning into one of the most dire situations in recent memory.
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