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Ban Aerial Pesticide Spraying for Deforestation Purposes

May 21, 2019

Please Contact Members of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee
and Urge Support for
LD 1691 - An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation

Maine has an opportunity for another bold step forward in protecting human health and the environment from the harmful effects of synthetic pesticides. This Thursday, May 23rd, at 1:00 p.m., the Maine Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF) will hold a work session on LD 1691 - An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation.

 

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Goranson Farm Wins Award

May 9, 2019

Congratulations to Goranson Farm for receiving the 2019 Community Farm Champion Award from Source. Presented by Lee Auto Malls in collaboration with MOFGA, the award celebrates the third-generation farm, which has been MOFGA-certified organic for 20 years. Jan Goranson, Rob Johanson and their sons, Carl and Goran, work the diversified farm, which uses solar power and draft horses. Read more at https://www.pressherald.com/2019/04/21/2019-lee-auto-malls-sustainability-champion-award/.

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Adam Tomash

December 31, 1943 - April 28, 2019

Adam Tomash of West Gardiner died peacefully at home on April 28th after a full and authentic life. He was one of MOFGA's first certified organic growers. Adam had a curious and wide-ranging intellect. He worked on and off for many years for Fedco Seeds, first as its seed-packing manager and subsequently as its manager of Moose Growers Supply.

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Congratulations, 2019 Russell Libby Scholarship Winners

April 25, 2019

Three $1,500 agricultural scholar awards, generously supported by Lee Auto Malls, are awarded annually by Source (Portland Press Herald) in partnership with MOFGA and in honor of the late Russell Libby. Kathryn Brayson won the Maine high school senior scholarship. She hopes to study animal science at UMaine and eventually become a veterinarian. Kelsey Herrington of Two Farmers Farm in Scarborough won the MOFGA journeyperson award and will put the funding toward a mechanical root harvester. Zabet NeuCollins won the teacher, school or education center award. A gardener, educator and community outreach coordinator for the Women's Health Resource Library, which started the community-wide project Incredible Edible Milbridge in Washington County, she'll use the money for materials for a children's garden. Read more at https://www.pressherald.com/2019/04/21/meet-the-2019-russell-libby-scholarship-winners/.

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