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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
Just in time for winter-weary Mainers: the 2010 Portland Flower Show
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/7/2010.
Spring arrives in southern Maine this week – or at least an inkling of it. The Portland Flower Show opens at the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore St. with a preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The show runs through March 14. This year’s theme is “Gardens Gone Wild,” which will give the creators of the 18 display gardens at the show a chance to show off their imagination – and their skills.
Connecting chemicals and obesity
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 3/7/2010.
Op-Ed by Sharon Tisher. I would agree with Michelle Obama that the problem of childhood obesity is solvable, and that we should address it on many fronts. One part of the solution, however, is so elusive that it is just reaching the radar screen of public health experts.
Panel clears modified corn
Kennebec Journal - 3/6/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Fairfield: The state Board of Pesticides Control agreed Friday to add a new Bt corn product to the list of genetically engineered seeds grown in Maine. Maine now allows 19 Bt products to be planted in fields now that Monsanto, a multinational biotech company, won its bid to register its new Bacillus thuringiensis corn here. Chuck Ravis, professor of environmental science and ecology at Thomas College, was the sole member of the board who voted against the genetically engineered seed.
Farmers: ‘Be patient’, don’t plant yet
Bangor Daily News - 3/6/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: Got spring fever? With plenty of sun on the way and temperatures near 50 predicted for this weekend, farmers are warning backyard gardeners to rein in their enthusiasm and hold off before planting seeds. “Wait,” advised Lois Labbe of Snakeroot Farm in Pittsfield.
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