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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
A new fishery in Maine
The Working Waterfront - 8/6/2012.
By Andrew Frederick – Though once considered the province of the adventurous gastronomic, squid have found a place among the palate of Maine eaters, and Port Clyde Fresh Catch can barely keep up with demand.
Trimming, weeding, cutting – getting ready for the Backyard Locavore Tour
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/5/2012.
By Tom Atwell – Our garden is part of the of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Backyard Locavore Day next weekend – Saturday if it doesn't rain hard; Aug. 12 if it does. It all began in February when Diana Hibbard, a home horticulture coordinator with the extension, sent me an email thanking me for writing about extension projects in the past.
Private toll road across Maine is proposed
The New York Times - 8/4/2012.
By Katherine Q. Seelye – The problem in Maine is that most of its major roads run north-south. Very few run east-west, which makes traversing the state one long, slow slog. Peter Vigue, the chairman and chief executive of the Cianbro Corporation, a large engineering and construction company based in Maine, is hoping to change that. He has proposed a $2 billion private toll road running 220 miles across the state.
Aroostook livestock growers express need for USDA facility in the county
Bangor Daily News - 8/4/2012.
By Natalie Bazinet, Aroostook Republican & News – If Aroostook potato farmers had to ship every spud 400 miles to get a necessary pre-sale stamp of approval, there’d probably be a lot less growers in the region. In order for cattle farmers to be able to sell their product to grocery chains, such as Hannaford, they have to first get that United States Department of Agriculture stamp on every side of beef — which means trucking the steer hundreds of miles south.
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