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MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference
Nov. 1-3 at Point Lookout, Northport

Join us for this year’s Farmer to Farmer Conference in Northport, Maine. Keynote speaker Dan Brisebois will discuss Integrating Seed Production Into a Market Garden at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm (in Quebec). The conference features a unique 3-hour workshop session format, half dedicated to talks by farmers and other agricultural professionals and half dedicated to a roundtable discussion that solicits and builds on the accumulated knowledge of the attending farmers. For more information and session details or to register
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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farm Bill limbo leaves Maine businesses in lurch
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 9/30/2012.
By Ben McCanna – A partisan stalemate in Washington, D.C., has left one of Maine's largest industries in limbo. Jon Olson, executive secretary of the Maine Farm Bureau said the holdup in Congress affects all Maine farmers, but dairy farmers are in the worst spot.
Climate change may boost state’s cranberry take
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/30/2012.
By North Cairn – Maine's cranberry harvest is up this year, and warmer weather brought on by climate change might be one reason. Charlie Armstrong, a cranberry specialist with the Cooperative Extension at the University of Maine in Orono, said the warming weather since the mid-19th century – an average 1.5 to 2 degrees F. globally – may be a harbinger of changes to come for agriculture across the state.
Climate change takes a bite out of global food supply
Inter Press Service - 9/29/2012.
By Stephen Leahy – Monterey, CA: Humanity’s ability to feed itself is in serious doubt as climate change takes hold on land in the form of droughts and extreme weather. Less well known is that emissions from burning oil, coal and gas are both heating up the oceans and making them more acidic. That is reducing the amount of seafood that can be caught, according to a new report released here.
Pricing, record high costs for feed threaten to sink Maine’s dairy farms
Bangor Daily News - 9/29/2012.
By Whit Richardson – A series of colliding factors, including the weather, grain speculation and antiquated federal policies, have sent Maine’s dairy farmers spinning into one of the most dire situations in recent memory.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

November 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops


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