|Feds find money for milk price supports|
Kennebec Journal - 12/18/2009.Maine dairy farmers are catching a small break with news they will be eligible for a $1.5 million, one-time payment from the federal government to help make up for historically low milk prices. The money will be allocated through a new U.S. Department of Agriculture program called the Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment, which was recently approved as part of the $447 billion spending bill passed by Congress. The dairy program will cost $290 million, nationwide.
|Medical pot growing at issue|
Kennebec Journal - 12/16/2009.By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: A Portland lawmaker said Tuesday she will introduce an amendment to the state's medical marijuana law that would allow large greenhouses to bid on growing rights and put the state in charge of overseeing the quality of the crop. Rep. Anne Haskell, a Democrat, is a longtime supporter of medical marijuana, but as a member of a task force charged with implementing the voter-approved law that allows dispensaries to open, she worries about who will ensure the marijuana is safe.
|Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free … local caterers answer the call|
Portland Press Herald - 12/16/2009.By Avery Yale Kamila – Gone are the days when health-conscious party planners had to worry about whether the event's caterer knew how to maintain a gluten-free kitchen or spot the myriad foods in which non-vegetarian ingredients lurk. Now local hosts and hostesses have the luxury of hiring an expert. Responding to the growing ranks of people with food allergies, special dietary preferences and interest in locally sourced foods, a new crop of caterers is cooking up an interesting and diverse array of edibles.