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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
Food or Ethanol? Why Farmers Shouldn’t Give in to Monocrops
Yes! - 1/25/2013.
By Shannon Hayes - I did some poking around, and learned that in Iowa the average 2012 price of renting cropland was $235 per acre, and in some parts of Wisconsin the 2012 prices were as high as $300 per acre. The average price to buy farmland in Illinois last year was $6,800 per acre; in Wisconsin, it was well over $4,000 per acre.
Hate Eating Corporate Food? Democracy Is the Best Recipe
Alternet - 1/25/2013.
By Tara Lohan - We may be able to agree that much of our food system is broken, but how we begin to fix it is much harder to understand. Wenonah Hauter, director of Food and Water Watch, takes on this challenge in her new book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.
Maine shrimp season won’t change yet
Bangor Daily News - 1/25/2013.
By Bill Trotter - Ellsworth: Having reviewed landings figures from the first week of Maine’s shrimp fishing season, the state’s top fisheries official has decided not to change fishing hours in the second week.
Regulator: Huge cuts coming to New England fishing
Portland Press Herald - 1/25/2013.
AP - Boston: New England's top fishing regulator said Friday that crippling cuts in catch limits this year are unavoidable and they will devastate what remains of the region's once-flourishing fishing industry.
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