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3-D printers are the talk of the farm

May 20, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – Bo Dennis teaches crop production in Kennebec Valley Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program. He’s also the manager at the school’s 120-acre organic farm in Hinckley and, as such, spends plenty of time with his hands in the dirt. But these days he also spends a lot of time with a computer and a 3-D printer, producing inexpensive high-tech fixes to a few farm problems.

Maturing U.S. organic sector sees steady growth of 6.4 percent in 2017

May 18, 2018 – Organic Trade Assoc. – American consumers in 2017 filled more of their grocery carts with organic, buying everything from organic produce and organic ice cream to organic fresh juices and organic dried beans, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2018 Organic Industry Survey released on Friday.

EU To 'Completely Ban' Outdoor Use Of Pesticides Blamed For Devastating Bees

April 27, 2018 – By Bill Campbell, The Two-Way, National Public Radio – Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union is set to "completely ban" the outdoor use of neonicotinoid insecticides that have been blamed for killing bees, and for keeping other bees from laying eggs.

‘Silent Spring & Other Writings’ Review: The Right and Wrong of Rachel Carson

April 26, 2018 –  By Charles C. Mann, The Wall Street Journal – It is strange to read Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” today, more than 50 years after its publication, in a handsome new edition from the Library of America. At the time the book hit the shelves, it read as a relentless, densely factual indictment of the world’s growing use of industrial pesticides and herbicides. Now it seems like a dispatch from a vanished world – a world that vanished in large part because of “Silent Spring.”

Fearing a mousepocalypse, Maine farmers aren’t messing around

April 22, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – At one point, farmer Kate Hall resorted to setting up security cameras. By then she had a pretty good idea about what was decimating entire trays of her tender young microgreens – nearly $1,200 worth in one night.

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