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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
Maine strawberry season to be bountiful
Bangor Daily News - 6/23/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Monmouth: David Handley, a vegetable and small-fruit specialist, said Wednesday that Maine’s 2011 strawberry crop is looking juicy. Handley said his berries at the University of Maine’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth look to be of good quality, size and number. Across the state, farmers are also smiling at the prospect of large, high quality crops.
Potatoes may regain status in school lunches
Bangor Daily News - 6/22/2011.
By Jen Lynds – Presque Isle: Pressure against proposed changes to nutritional guidelines is causing federal officials to take another look at what foods they will recommend schools across the nation serve their students. The increased scrutiny could improve the role of the potato in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program.
Berried alive!
Portland Press Herald - 6/22/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Strawberry lovers have had a tough three years. Last year, a warm, early spring spiked by a late frost brought some berries in early, some late, and some not at all. The year before that, unending days of rain, rain and still more rain wilted the season altogether. And three years ago? A harsh winter led to a lot of winterkill.
Appleton farmers among few in nation to raise water buffalo
Bangor Daily News - 6/21/2011.
By Emily Burnham – Vern slowly shook his enormous horned head as he approached the metal fence that encircled his pasture. As the dominant male of the herd of Asian water buffalo that Jessica and Brian Farrar keep at Stage Coach Farm in Appleton, Vern, a huge bull, appeared accustomed to being the first to greet newcomers to his property.
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