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A Green New Deal for Agriculture

April 10, 2019 – By Raj Patel and Jim Goodman, Resilience – Agriculture policy in the original New Deal sprang from a heady mix of class struggle and uneasy alliances. The Green New Deal will have to stitch together a different coalition that can challenge the dominant mode of agriculture and create a more just food system.

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Dairy farmers advocate Farm Relief Act; Too little, too late?

April 10, 2019 – By Bob Zientara, Barron News-Shield – Proposals to rebuild a viable dairy economy engaged family dairy farmers and advocates Tuesday, April 2, 2019, as the National Farmers Organization and Wisconsin Farmers Union held a meeting in Eau Claire.

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Browntail moth outbreaks anticipated statewide this year

April 9, 2019 – Penobscot Bay Pilot – As spring slowly moves its way into Maine, data is indicating that large parts of the Midcoast and southern central parts of the state are likely to experience another tough year with the Browntail moth. Maine Forest Service’s aerial survey in fall 2018 showed more than 126,000 acres affected — double what was reported two years earlier, according to a news release from UMaine.

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Pesticides and antibiotics polluting streams across Europe

April 8, 2019 – By Damian Carrington, The Guardian – Pesticides and antibiotics are polluting streams across Europe, a study has found. Scientists say the contamination is dangerous for wildlife and may increase the development of drug-resistant microbes.

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Take Charge of Your Health – Women Working in Agriculture

Undated – AgriSafe Network – Across the centuries, women have worked in agriculture providing food for their families and communities. The number of women working as principle farmer has tripled over the past thirty years and their work tasks have also changed. Women contribute to our strong farm economy and will continue to live, work and raise families on farms.

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The Age of Robot Farmers

April 8, 2019 – By John Seabrook, The New Yorker – It was a hot February morning at Wish Farms, a large strawberry-growing operation outside Plant City, Florida. Gary Wishnatzki, the proprietor, met me at one of the farm offices. In the high season, Wish Farms picks, chills, and ships some twenty million berries—all handpicked by a seasonal workforce of six hundred and fifty farm laborers.

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Professional Ag Panel Session & Networking Event at University of Maine in Orono

April 8, 2019 – Maine Dept. of Ag., Conservation and Forestry – On Wednesday, March 27th the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) teamed up with the University of Maine’s School of Food and Agriculture (UMaine) to host a Professional Agricultural Panel Session and Networking event to prepare students for employment in the field of agriculture and food systems by directly connecting them with agricultural professionals.

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