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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Conservation Farm Tour

Cover Crops in Durham
Wednesday, June 29, 5 p.m.
New Leaf Farm, 496 Davis Road, Durham, Maine
Free

Hosted by Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, MOFGA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Dave Colson, MOFGA's agricultural services director, will lead a tour of a cover crop demonstration planted at New Leaf Farm. Learn about cover crops and their pros and cons. Information will be available on programs to help with crop rotation on your farm. FMI and to register: Jocelyn Lahey, 207-753-9400 x 404 or
jlahey@maineconservationdistricts.com.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The Infuriating Reason Why Toxic Chemicals Lurk in Household Products
Mother Jones - 6/13/2016.
By Erica Langston - If a divided Congress uniting behind progressive public health legislation sounds too good to be true, that's because it likely is. Last Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill that amends the Toxic Substances Control Act, a decades-old law intended to keep dangerous chemicals out of household and industrial products. The amendment is the first substantial update to chemical oversight since the TSCA was passed 40 years ago, and President Barack Obama is expected to sign it as early as this week. The much-needed update will tighten federal testing and rope in tens of thousands of industrial compounds that were previously unregulated.
The atmosphere has hit a grim milestone – and scientists say we’ll never go back ‘within our lifetimes’
The Washington Post - 6/13/2016.
By Chris Mooney - Scientists who measure and forecast the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere said Monday that we may have passed a key turning point. Humans walking the Earth today will probably never live to see carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere once again fall below a level of 400 parts per million (ppm), at least when measured at the iconic Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, where the longest global record of Co2 has been compiled.
Dresden's Fluid Farms Wins $50,000 Prize
The Lincoln County News - 6/10/2016.
By J.W. Oliver - The company behind a first-in-Maine aquaponics startup in Dresden received the $50,000 grand prize in a live business-pitch competition in Portland on Tuesday, June 7. Fluid Farms LLC received the prize in Gorham Savings Bank's fourth annual LaunchPad competition, according to the Portland Press Herald. The 4-year-old company was one of 179 applicants and five finalists in the competition.
Despite turkeys, lack of snow, strawberry farmers ready for eager pickers
Bangor Daily News - 6/9/2016.
By Abigail Curtis - David Handley, a University of Maine strawberry specialist, wasn’t sure until recently what kind of season it would be for one of the state’s earliest, sweetest crops.
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