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Phone: 207-568-4142
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The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is excited to announce that the Common Ground Country Fair 
Poster Design Contest for the 2017 Fair is accepting submissions. The Common Ground Country Fair poster is the highly regarded image that promotes MOFGA's annual celebration of rural living.

The winning artist receives $2,500, a press release, and is highlighted in MOFGA's quarterly newspaper, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. The selected design is also featured on the Fair poster, website, T-shirt and in promotional literature. The theme of the design must align with MOFGA's mission and the general guidelines for participating in the Fair. We welcome all Maine residents and MOFGA members to enter submissions by August 5, 2016, only a few weeks away. The poster guidelines and application are available at www.mofga.org/TheFair/Poster. For more information please contact the Fair office at commonground@mofga.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Feds to Complete Purchase of Maine Blueberries
Maine Public Broadcasting - 7/27/2016.
By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press - In the face of industry pressure, the federal government is spending up to $4.4 million to complete a plan to help Maine's blueberry industry by buying surplus crop.
Study: Common pesticide appears to reduce live bee sperm
The Washington Post - 7/26/2016.
By Seth Borenstein - A new study finds that a commonly used insecticide kills much of the sperm created by male drone honey bees, one reason why the bees are dwindling.
The movement to free hens from cages may be going global
The Washington Post - 7/25/2016.
By Karin Brulliard - Dozens of American restaurant chains, supermarket chains and dining service companies have committed in the last two years to ending their use or sales of eggs laid by caged hens. On Monday, one of the world’s largest food service suppliers, Paris-based Sodexo, upped the ante, saying it would switch to cage-free eggs in all its global operations by 2025.
Could CRISPR Gene Editing Change the Future of Ag?
Civil Eats - 7/25/2016.
By Jesse Frost - Up until recently, a genetically modified organism was one that had its genetic materials engineered. Now, a new technology is completely blurring the line. It’s called gene editing, and it involves “turning off” or deleting genes from a plant’s genome, as opposed to moving genes from one species to another.
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July 30 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

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August 6 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Ecological Pest Management

August 15-16, 22-23 - Maine Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

August 17 - Conservation Practices on a Diversified Farm

August 20-21 - Maine Axe and Saw Meet Up

September 23-25 - Common Ground Country Fair


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