|Deal keeps land as working farm|
Kennebec Journal - 6/16/2012. By Betty Adams – Fayette: Berndt and Elaine Graf can continue to milk their Jerseys and run their farm for as long as they like, and when they choose to retire, the Kennebec Land Trust and others will help find a farmer to take over.
|Are corporations and big banks making a windfall from food stamps?|
Alternet - 6/16/2012. By Christopher D. Cook and Michele Simon – At a time of record need for food assistance among America's poor, the U.S. Senate is poised to cut roughly $4.5 billion from food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which 46 million Americans – one in seven of us – rely upon.
|Season’s fleeting, but organic berries abound in Maine|
Portland Press Herald - 6/16/2012. By Avery Yale Kamila – Strawberry season – one of the sweetest times of year – is upon us, which means now is the moment to snatch up their fleeting goodness. In another month or so, nature’s candy store continues to throw open its doors as blueberries begin to ripen on Maine farms.
|African land fertile ground for investors|
National Public Radio - 6/15/2012. By Dan Charles – In some countries of Africa, there's a land rush underway as investors claim farmland, establish megafarms, and try to cash in on high prices for food and biofuels. These deals are controversial. Critics accuse investors of dispossessing subsistence farmers. But there's another side to this story.