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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
Shrimp reports lag; landings low
Bangor Daily News - 1/13/2012.
By Bill Trotter – Ellsworth: As Maine fishery officials work to avoid another premature end to the shrimp fishing season, they are hoping new measures enacted this year will be of help. One of those measures is a requirement for all shrimp dealers in Maine to provide the Department of Marine Resources with reports every week about the amount of shrimp landings they have received. But according to DMR’s top administrator, only half the dealers have reported their landings to regulators since the season began on Jan. 2.
Bacon roll a day linked to most lethal of cancers
The Independent - 1/13/2012.
By Jeremy Laurance – The most fatal of all cancers is linked today for the first time with the consumption of processed meat. A daily bacon sandwich or a single sausage, equivalent to an average serving of 50 grams, is associated with a 19 per cent increase in risk of pancreatic cancer, researchers say.
Honeybee problem nearing a ‘critical point’
Grist - 1/13/2012.
By Claire Thompson - Anyone who's been stung by a bee knows they can inflict an outsized pain for such tiny insects. It makes a strange kind of sense, then, that their demise would create an outsized problem for the food system by placing the more than 70 crops they pollinate - from almonds to apples to blueberries - in peril.
In defense of the Brussels Sprout
The Atlantic - 1/13/2012.
By Ari LeVaux – Brussels sprouts with bacon is hardly a new idea, but the combination has taken off lately. The pair has become a menu meme, a darling of online recipe searches and food television programming. Given the recent spike in all-things bacon, I suppose this was inevitable. But the pairing has gotten popular enough to necessitate a reminder that it's possible to eat Brussels sprouts without bacon as well.
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November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

November 20 - Pollinator Health and Safety Conference

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

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