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Emergency Order to Stop Movement of Ash Imminent - State Still Requesting Feedback

July 12, 2018 – Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Maine Forest Service is working on an Emergency Order to Stop Movement of Ash in response to the detection of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Frenchville and Madawaska in Aroostook County. The Emergency Order will be issued within the next two weeks, but additional feedback is welcomed and encouraged.

Farmers Market Produce: Local vs. Organic

July 12, 2018 – By Sally Wadyka, Consumer Reports – Faster than you can say “kale salad,” it seems like yet another farmers market pops up. In fact, there are more than 8,700 registered in the USDA’s Farmers Market Directory.

One tiny detail spoils that shocking organic milk headline: It was wrong

July 12, 2018 – By Richard Bazinet and Mark Schatzker, The Globe and Mail – What’s the difference between organic and conventional milk? We investigated and found none.

Headlines don’t get better than that. Last week, the Toronto Star published the result of an investigation into organic milk, which included laboratory analysis, and found that “the product is no different than cheaper regular milk.”

Organic management and cover crop species steer soil microbial community structure and functionality along with soil organic matter properties

August 2018 – By Laura B.Martínez-García et al., Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment – Organic soil management enhances the abundance of all microbial groups and their total catabolic activity, associated with a higher concentration and lower aromaticity of dissolved organic matter. These effects can be enlarged by the growth of specific cover crops and the application of certain soil health treatments.

2018 Pasture Walk Series Begins July 11

July 10, 2018 – Umaine News, University of Maine – This summer’s pasture walk series begins July 11, from 5–7 p.m., at Farm in the Woods, 245 Steward Road, Monson. Farm co-owner Gretchen Huettner will host. University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Maine Grass Farmers Network sponsor the series.

Pasture walks are designed to be a peer-to-peer learning experience. Experienced graziers share their knowledge while walking through their pastures and explaining their management styles. Participants learn new techniques, and also share their experiences and challenges in managing a productive pasture system.

The event is free; an optional potluck dinner will follow the walk. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Richard Kersbergen, 207.342.5971, richard.kersbergen@maine.edu.

The next pasture walk will be July 25 at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment in Freeport. A complete listing of pasture walks this summer is online.

The World’s Worst Industrial Disaster Is Still Unfolding

July 10, 2018 – By Apoorva Mandavilli, The Atlantic – In old Bhopal, not far from the small Indian city’s glitzy new shops and gorgeous lakes, is the abandoned Union Carbide factory. Here, in one ramshackle building, are hundreds of broken brown bottles crusted with the white residue of unknown chemicals. Below the corroding skeleton of another, drops of mercury glitter in the sun. In the far corner of the site is the company’s toxic-waste dump, shrouded in a sickly green moss. Not 15 feet away, a scrawny boy of about 6 tries to join a game of cricket. A few skinny cows graze next to a large, murky puddle. Strewn on the ground are torn plastic bags, yellowed newspapers, stained paper cups. And in the air, the pungent fumes of chlorinated hydrocarbons.

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