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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organic farming is rarely enough
Nature News - 4/25/2012.
By Natasha Gilbert – An analysis of the existing science, published in Nature, suggests that organic farming could supply needs in some circumstances, but that yields are lower than in conventional farming. Cereals and vegetables need lots of nitrogen to grow, suggesting that yield differences are attributable to nitrogen deficiencies in organic systems, says the report's author.
Discovery of mad cow in US was stroke of luck
Kennebec Journal - 4/25/2012.
Hanford, Calif. – A non-descript building in the heart of California's dairy country has become the focus of intense scrutiny now that mad cow disease has been discovered in a dead dairy cow. This is the first new case of the disease in the U.S. since 2006 – and the fact that the discovery was made at all was a stroke of luck. Tests are performed on only a small portion of dead animals brought to the transfer facility near Hanford.
Organic seed outfits see warming trend
Portland Press Herald - 4/25/2012.
By Avery Yale – When it comes to the economy, prognosticators would do well to forgo tea leaves and instead look to vegetable seeds. Not only are they a sign of spring, their sales can reflect larger financial trends. Maine is home to five certified organic seed companies, and some are seeing signs of economic recovery in this season's sales. "I think people were more comfortable economically this year," said Gene Frey, who works at Fedco Seeds in Clinton. He came to this conclusion after watching sales of trees and perennials shoot up this year.
Small farmers at Ellsworth forum say rules for big farms don’t work for them
Bangor Daily News - 4/24/2012.
By Kevin Miller – Ellsworth: Maine’s agriculture industry continues to grow and diversify even as farmers grapple with one-size-fits-all regulations, competition from “agribusinesses” elsewhere and the challenges of marketing for small-scale producers.
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