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This Giant Invasive Flower Can Give You Third-Degree Burns

July 3, 2018 – By Megan Molteni, Wired – THE GIANT HOGWEED is hard to miss. The monstrous plant towers up to 15 feet tall, with a crown of white flowers the size of an umbrella. They burst into bloom between the last week of June and the first week of July – just in time to be the perfect dramatic backdrop to red-white-and-blue-themed parties.

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Milk surplus hurting Maine dairy farmers

July 3, 2018 – Mainebiz – Sandy River Farms, a dairy farm in Farmington, could close after Aug. 31, if owner Bussie York is unable to increase direct-to-consumer sales.

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How Eating Seaweed Can Help Cows to Belch Less Methane

July 2, 2018 – By Judith Lewis Mernit, Yale 360 – Emissions from the nearly 1.5 billion cattle on earth are a major source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Now, researchers in California and elsewhere are experimenting with seaweed as a dietary additive for cows that can dramatically cut their methane production.

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Struggling Farmers Turn Excess Milk Into Cheese And Yogurt For The Hungry

July 2, 2018 – By Catalina Jaramillo, NPR – On a beautiful sunny day recently in south Lancaster County, Pa., farmer Abner Stolztfus and seven of his eight children were inside, bottling yogurt in a room next to the barn. "The younger one is only 2 months old, so she's not working out here yet," he said, laughing.

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Crop yield gap and stability in organic and conventional farming systems

July 2018 – By M. Schrama et al., Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment – Data from a 13-year-old farming systems comparison in the Netherlands showed that the yield gap between organic and conventional farming diminished over time. This coincided with higher nutrient use efficiency and spatial stability in the organic system. Transition from conventional to organic results in fundamental changes in soil properties.

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Nature's Path Leaves Organic Trade Association as Protest to Save Organic

June 29, 2019 – Longview News-Journal – Today, Nature's Path Foods, North America's Largest organic breakfast company, announced its resignation from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) citing concern the OTA is shifting its commitment from supporting and representing the core principles of the organic food movement, to begin pushing a non-organic agenda which threatens the future of organic. Recent actions by the OTA that have driven the company's decision include misrepresenting organic food companies and US consumers to support a vague and misleading national GMO labelling law, and allowing hydroponics to fall under the organic certification label where there is no organic agriculture nor soil present.

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Nutrition program makes eating healthy 'a snap'

June 27, 2018 – By Kate Irish Collins, The Forecaster – Founded 30 years ago, Maine SNAP-Ed’s mission is to teach low-income Mainers how to use their food assistance benefits to support better nutrition and healthy eating habits.

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Farming with Intentional Biodiversity

June 27, 2018 – By Tamara Scully, Civil Eats – “The day will come, probably in the near future, when prophylactically killing pests and weeds with toxic chemicals and neurotoxins will seem primitive and irresponsible,” Mary-Howell Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain exuberantly predicts.

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Farmers market to offer Harvest Bucks for fruits, vegetables

June 25, 2018 – By Ben Hanstein, Daily Bulldog – Participants receiving Maine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance will be able to acquire extra food when they shop at the local farmers market, thanks to a program that will also allow customers to use credit and debit cards for all vendors.

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