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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship though cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Our View: Federal food fight targets the vulnerable
Portland Press Herald - 10/31/2013.
Editorial - Starting Friday, the approximately 250,000 Mainers who rely on food stamps will have fewer resources to spend on filling their plates. That’s the day when a temporary boost from the 2009 stimulus bill will expire. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will be cut by $5 billion nationwide. The average family of four will lose the funds for a week’s worth of meals a month.
Measuring Farmland Biodiversity
Solutions - 10/31/2013.
Biodiversity – the diversity of genes, species, and habitats – is among the natural resources under threat by the growing human population.1 In Europe, an estimated 50 percent of all wild species are reliant on agricultural habitats, leading to close interactions between farming and wildlife.
Common insecticides may be linked to kids' behavior problems
Environmental Health News - 10/31/2013.
Synopsis by Lindsey Konkel - Insecticides commonly used in households may be associated with kids' behavior problems, according to a new study by researchers in Quebec. The study is one of the first to investigate potential human health effects of pyrethroids, which are used in more than 3,500 commercial products, including flea bombs and roach sprays.
Climate change to disrupt soil nutrients in drylands
Environmental News Network - 10/31/2013.
By Jan Piotrowski, SciDevNet - The increased aridity expected this century as a result of change may disrupt the balance of key soil nutrients with a knock-on effect on soil fertility threatening livelihoods of more than two billion people, a study finds.
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