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Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Volunteers' Earth Day Cleanup Day at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
Saturday, April 19

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will host an Earth Day Cleanup Day with volunteers at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine, on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by helping us prepare our grounds for the upcoming growing season. Volunteers receive a hearty lunch and a free T-shirt.

Depending on the weather, volunteers may be cleaning, raking and mulching gardens, screening compost for use on the grounds, doing light carpentry, helping our Low-Impact Forestry Committee with its work in the woods ... or helping with other projects.

For more information or to RSVP for the workday, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Anna Libby, at alibby@mofga.org or 568-4142. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center is located in Unity, Maine, on the Crosby Brook Road, off Routes 139/220.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Cancer cause or crop aid? Roundup faces big test
Reuters - 4/8/2011.
By Carey Gillam – Critics say it's a chemical that could cause infertility or cancer, while others see it speeding the growth of super weeds and causing worrying changes to plants and soil. Backers say it is safe and has made a big contribution to food production.
Key Democrats oppose bill to repeal pesticide notification system, decry question limitations
Press Release - 4/8/2011.
From The Maine Legislature - House Democratic Office. Key Democrats on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee today announced they opposed a full scale repeal of the pesticide notification law that had a public hearing on Thursday before the committee. The committee considered two proposals to scale back consumer protections that require farmers who spray pesticide applications to notify neighboring abutters who sign up on an internet-based registry prior to spraying.
Bill would end state pesticide registry
Kennebec Journal - 4/7/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Lawmakers will hear testimony today on bills regarding notification requirements for spraying pesticides, including one proposal that would do away with the notification system altogether. The latter bill, L.D. 228, is sponsored by Rep. Peter Edgecomb, R-Caribou, at the request of the Maine Farm Bureau.
Mainer fights cuts to organic farming
Kennebec Journal - 4/7/2011.
By Jonathan Riskind – Washington: When Sarah Smith's Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan needed help to create pastures where cows could graze even in a summer drought, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program chipped in $1,300 and priceless expert advice. That and other programs that boost organic farmers could be cut as lawmakers struggle with spending priorities, with the focus on reducing the federal deficit and national debt.
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