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As a 12-year-old, Sam May ran a manure spreader at Cripps Dairy Farm on scenic rolling hillsides along the Goose River in Rockport. At that time in the 1960s, Rockport still had several dairy farms, locally made ice cream, a successful egg farm, and scores of chicken farms in the surrounding towns. May vividly recalls the day University of Maine Cooperative Extension agents convinced Chet Cripps to convert his dairy farm to a golf course. “On fields where we once spread manure,” May says, “they now spread Roundup, a probable carcinogen. What did we gain?” […]

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