Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Monsanto case: Jurors urge judge not to overturn $289 million award


October 15, 2018 – By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle – Jurors who awarded $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who is dying of cancer are imploring a San Francisco judge to reconsider her tentative decision to overturn most of the damages against Monsanto Co., manufacturer of the weed killer that they found to be the cause of the man’s illness.

‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss


October 15, 2018 – By Ben Guarino, The Washington Post – Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations. A new report suggests that the problem is more widespread than scientists realized. Huge numbers of bugs have been lost in a pristine national forest in Puerto Rico, the study found, and the forest’s insect-eating animals have gone missing, too.

In Pakistan, an ambitious effort to plant 10 billion trees takes root


October 14, 2018 – By Pamela Constable, The Washington Post – When Mohammed Riasat, a government forest service officer, peers up at the majestic ridges around him, he sees small miracles others might miss: a few dozen pine seedlings that have sprouted in rocky, near-vertical cliffs or a grove of healthy young eucalyptus trees, planted on a patch of terrain that had been eroding after years of illegal use.

USDA open house in Ellsworth


October 12, 2018 – Bangor Daily News – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is inviting the public to an open house at its new office in Ellsworth from 12-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at 474 Bucksport Rd. Specialists from NRCS will be available to answer questions about financial and technical assistance, and a representative from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is scheduled to be on hand to assist with farm record updates.

Nordic Aquafarms water discharge plan could set bar for salmon RAS farms


October 12, 2018 – By Jason Huffman, Undercurrent News – The 7.7 million gallons of water that Nordic Aquafarms’ new land-based Atlantic salmon farm in Belfast, Maine, will -- in a few years -- pump back into its local bay every day will, in some ways, be cleaner than the water it takes out, Erik Heim, president of the company’s North American operations, told Undercurrent News.