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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Russell Libby
The awards are granted to honor the late Russell Libby, who led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 17 years and dedicated his life to growing the organic food movement. The scholarships offer support to students seeking to deepen their knowledge of organic and sustainable farm systems.

Apply now for one of three Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards

Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded each year in the following categories:

• MOFGA Journeyperson Program participant

• Maine High School Senior planning to study sustainable or organic farming at a college in Maine

• Kennebec Valley Community College student studying sustainable agriculture

The scholarship application deadline is MARCH 5, 2017

Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship Application

If the button above does not work, click on this link or copy and paste the text into your browser URL window: https://pressherald.wufoo.com/forms/m11pldlm1bo69i9/

Winners will be notified by Friday, March 17. Winners will be contacted by the staff of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram for inclusion in a write-up in SOURCE. Winners are also invited to attend the 3rd Annual SOURCE Sustainability Awards on Wednesday, April 6, 2017 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, where they will be recognized and awarded the scholarship.

For further information about Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships, contact: dmacphee@mofga.org. For details about the Source Sustainability Awards, contact: smanning@mainetoday.com

The Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards are a joint project of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Maine Sunday Telegram/Source and are generously supported by Lee Auto Malls.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Monsanto's agrochemicals are poisoning Argentines, but Monsanto blames victims for misusing products
Treehugger - 10/25/2013.
By Chris Tackett - Michael Warren and Natacha Pisarenko from The Associated Press have a blockbuster piece of reporting on the dozens of ways Monsanto's chemical fertilizers and pesticides are poisoning the people of Argentina. Following that report, Monsanto responded by saying that their Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers are safe, but did call for more controls on agrochemicals. This is the same tired response you hear from manufacturers of guns or tobacco or junk food.
Reports Peg Lingering Problems With Meat Production in the U.S.
Time Magazine - 10/25/2013.
By Brian Walsh - In 2008 a report from the Pew Commission laid out the many problems with factory farms in damning detail. Five years later, little has changed.
F.D.A. Bids to Regulate Animal Food, Acting After Recall and Deaths
The New York Times - 10/25/2013.
By Sabrina Tavernise - The Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Friday that would govern the production of pet food and farm animal feed for the first time.
Common herbicide raises frogs' risk of fungal disease, study finds
Los Angeles Times - 10/25/2013.
By Louis Sahagun - Frogs exposed to the commonly used herbicide atrazine early in life are particularly susceptible to a skin fungus linked to vanishing amphibians around the world, according to a new University of South Florida study.
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