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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
The Battle Over Sliced Apples: New York Senators Gillibrand and Aubertine Take Secretary Vilsack to Task on School Food
Ag Clips - 4/17/2009.
By Paula Crossfield, Huffington Post – One complication: much of the fruits and vegetables served to students outside of the lunchroom will need minimal handling before getting into student hands, lest apples become baseballs. But cafeterias are not prepared time-wise, skill-wise or workman's comp-wise for this endeavor …. So for the time being, to get the freshest food it is best to outsource the cutting and bagging to a local value-add facility or local producer, until we build better infrastructure and train our cafeteria ladies to cook.
Maine egg farm raid spurs vision
Ag Clips - 4/17/2009.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) Dave Radlo, president and CEO of Massachusetts-based Radlo Foods, sees a new path within a decade selling eggs exclusively from uncaged hens. The Sun Journal newspaper of Lewiston reports that as of now, the business that ships an estimated 800 million eggs per year gets most of them from factory farms like the one in Turner that state agriculture agents recently raided.
USDA listening tour on NAIS
Ag Clips - 4/16/2009.
Drovers Editorial – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack held a roundtable discussion Wednesday with a variety of stakeholders representing the full spectrum of views on the National Animal Identification System. The event kicks off a listening tour to gather feedback and input that will assist the secretary in making decisions about the future direction of animal identification and traceability in the United States.
EPA to require tests on pesticides to determine risk to humans and animals
The Washington Post - 4/16/2009.
By Juliet Eilperin – The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time will require pesticide manufacturers to test 67 chemicals contained in their products to determine whether they disrupt the endocrine system, which regulates animals' and humans' growth, metabolism and reproduction, the agency said yesterday.
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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

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November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

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November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

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