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Winners of the New England Food System Innovation Challenge announced


November 13, 2018 – By Bill Seretta, Bangor Daily News – Dirigo Food Safety in Yarmouth received the first place award of $5,000, and Haul Inc. in Portland was awarded the $2,500 second place prize in the Enterprise Track; and Unity College took the first place award of $2,000 and College of the Atlantic received $500 for second place in the College Track at the fourth New England Food System Innovation Challenge held Nov. 9-11, at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.

Millennials saving the Christmas tree industry?


November 13, 2018 – Morning Ag Clips – This season marks the sign of an early renaissance for Christmas tree farmers thanks to environmentally conscious millennials who are opting to buy natural, locally grown trees, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

Maine author Lisa Steele thinks raising chickens can be pretty and practical


November 12, 2018 – By Sam Schipani, Bangor Daily News – Violet was in a bad mood. The normally-lustrous lavender orpington chicken was molting, which is an unglamorous and uncomfortable time for a chicken. Since she made her debut on Good Morning Maine two years ago, Violet has usually been the star of Lisa Steele’s flock. But with her feathers itching and falling off, Violet sulked in the corner of the coop.

NOP Issues Extension of Allowance of Paper Pots


On Monday, November 5, MCS and all NOP-accredited certifiers were informed that the NOP has extended the use and allowance period for paper pots, originally scheduled for prohibition at the end of the growing season. The following  is a portion of the announcement regarding the change.



Low-stress cattle handling hot topic at Maine’s upcoming Cattlemen’s College


November 6, 2018 – By Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News – Can cattle be handled and moved around without all the hooting and hollering that cattlemen are known for? They can, some experts say, and doing so can mean better meat. Known as low-stress stockmanship, it will be a hot topic at the second annual Cattlemen’s College is slated for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, in Charleston and Orono.

Germany sets new restrictions on glyphosate


November 6, 2018 – DW – The Environment Ministry has announced a spate of new regulations on the use of herbicides and pesticides. The tougher policy aims for a staged exit from the use of weed killer glyphosate and similar products.